Lincolnshire sausage & lentil simmer

Lincolnshire sausage & lentil simmer

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(80 ratings)

Takes 40 minutes, plus 45 minutes simmering

Easy

Serves 6
A one-pot hearty stew to share with friends and family - you can make ahead and freeze it if you prefer

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal640
  • fat37g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein39g
  • salt4.24g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 130g packet cubed pancetta or dried bacon
    Pancetta

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 2 packets Lincolnshire pork, or other good sausages
    Pork

    Pork

    paw-k

    One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…

  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 large carrot, chopped into small pieces
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
    Rosemary

    Rosemary

    rose-mar-ee

    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 300g Puy lentils
    Lentils

    Lentils

    len-til

    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 850ml/1½pts hot chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tbsp chopped flatleaf parsley
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • green winter salad with a mustardy dressing, to serve

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large casserole or very large sauté pan with a lid. Add the pancetta and sausages and sizzle for 10 minutes, turning the sausages occasionally until nicely browned and sticky. Scoop the sausages out on to a plate.

  2. Add the onions, carrot and garlic to the pancetta and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes until the onions soften. Return the sausages to the pan and add the rosemary, lentils, stock, vinegar and tomatoes, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer rapidly for 5 minutes, then lower the heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every so often until the lentils are tender. (It can now be chilled and frozen for up to 1 month.) Check the seasoning, scatter over the parsley and serve from the pan with a winter leaf salad.

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tichols
26th Feb, 2017
5.05
Simple, delicious and best of all cheap. I made a half portion but with all the sausages ( went mad and bought 12 m&s pork chipolatas) and the full tin of tomatoes. Stuck to the recipe to the letter, with fantastic results. The whole house smells amazing. The other half said it was the best thing I've ever made him which is high praise from a French trained head chef! ... I have now made this 3 times in the last month, a new favourite.
some__random
7th Apr, 2016
3.8
I made this with Asda Italian style sausages, unsmoked back bacon instead of pancetta, (adding a bit of chorizo because I'm obsessed with it), red split lentils, and a vegetable stock cube. I didn't use tinned tomatoes but I used some tomato puree and some cherry tomatoes that I added towards the end which were really nice. I did like this recipe but it turned out really salty which I think is because of the meat that I used. If I was going to make this again I'll probably make the lentils without the meat added and then just make the sausages separately on the grill. Definitely don't add the salt and pepper when the recipe says to. I didn't and it turned out salty anyway so be aware of what salty ingredients you're using because the lentils will really pick it up.
Nhay7210
3rd Mar, 2016
I don't usually comment but after reading the comments I totally agree that this was really delicious. I used red split lentils and ham stock but it worked just as well. Will definitely make this again.
rp50
28th Jan, 2016
Made this last night - so delicious! I halved the quantities to make 3 portions, but actually there's enough for 4 portions. Used chopped bacon instead of pancetta, dried not fresh rosemary and didn't bother with parsley. Still used a whole tin of tomatoes and even then added a little bit of water at the end as it was getting dry. Also added a green bell pepper that needed using up. Lush! Served with roasted new potatoes.
dianawood
24th Jan, 2016
5.05
This is absolutely delicious!! I used dried thyme instead of rosemary and green lentils instead of puy (only because I didn't have those ingredients). Served it with buttered spinach. Fantastic recipe! :)
lizzy248
12th Nov, 2015
This is delicious! I needed a dairy free recipe so thought I'd try this, and it really is good! I'm not a garlic fan so only added 2 cloves, and could only find packets of ready-to-eat puy lentils so reduced the amount of stock, used smoked streaky bacon and good quality pork sausages and served it with baguette, green salad and roasted butternut squash... sooo tasty so will definitely cook again.
forager
30th Oct, 2015
Can anyone clarify how many sausages are in a 'packet'? I assume 6, however this isn't obvious. Would it be better to say '12 sausages', or '1kg sausages'?
ifeyinwa00
13th Sep, 2015
5.05
This recipe is lovely. A perfect autumn dish -and cheap too. I swapped chorizo for pancetta to add a bit more depth
kcobi2002
18th Feb, 2015
5.05
Tasty and versatile! This dish is now a regular in my home. Nowadays I use beef (part cooked) instead of sauages to make it healthier (Having seen some of the comments, I migh try chicken next time). I make it without the herbs when I run out and it still comes out tasty. Highly recommended!
lizleicester
2nd Jan, 2015
5.05
Used 1 packet of cheap and cheerful pork sausages and a fancy pack of pork and pepper sausages. Delicious and I was careful NOT to add additional seasoning because I used up the last of my gammon stock which was salty enough already. Served it with rice and it was lovely.

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wazelhood7
5th Jan, 2016
How long please should I cook this if I were to do it in my slow cooker?
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goodfoodteam
4th Feb, 2016
Hi there, we haven't tested cooking this in a slow cooker so cannot guarantee perfect results but we would suggest cooking it on either high for 3-4 hours or low for 9 hours.
scoxhill85
27th Oct, 2015
Does anybody know if this can be reheated?
rp50
28th Jan, 2016
Yes, I reheated in the microwave.
MsCharlotte
17th Jun, 2014
Living in Denmark makes getting lincolnshire sausages challenging to get hold of. What would be a good substitute?
rp50
28th Jan, 2016
I think any un-smoked sausage would be fine.
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