Sausages with creamy lentils

Sausages with creamy lentils

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(41 ratings)

Ready in 30-40 minutes


Serves 4
Update the great British banger with a side of creamy green lentils - a great storecupboard alternative to potatoes

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal485
  • fat34g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein23g
  • salt3.61g
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  • 8 good quality pork sausages
  • 1 onion



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

  • 2 carrots



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

  • 1 celery stick



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 2 streaky bacon rashers, chopped



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs or a pinch if dried


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 200ml hot vegetable stock (a cube is fine)
  • 410g can green lentil



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

  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche or double cream


  1. Preheat the grill. Grill the sausages for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are evenly browned and cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, chop the onion, carrots and celery into small pieces. (A food processor can make short work of this.) Heat the sunflower oil in a medium pan. Fry the bacon for 2 minutes, then stir in the chopped vegetables and thyme. Cook over a medium heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened and are beginning to brown.

  3. Pour in the stock and simmer for 8 minutes until the carrots are tender. Drain the lentils, then stir into the vegetables. Heat through for a couple of minutes, then season and stir in the créme fraiche or cream. Serve with the grilled sausages.

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18th Jul, 2015
Delicious way to have sausages. I used green lentils that I'd soaked overnight and then boiled as instructed. Left out the cream because it needed to be dairy free but nobody seemed to miss it.
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18th Jun, 2015
I made this last night with some slight variations, purely because I THOUGHT I had vegetable stock and cream, but actually just had chicken stock. Juicy, sweet sausages and salty bacon and ever-do-slightly al dente lentils made this a great summer meal for two. I cook for one so got extra for lunch!
27th Aug, 2014
Delicious! Lots of flavour, and quite a cheap meal. Very easy to whip up quickly too. I think it's extra nice with a dash of wine for the sauce, and I do think you need an extra can of lentils for 4 people. We find that these quantities but with 6 sausages is good for 2, possibly with an extra, but we might just be very greedy! Tonight we're having it with polenta mash, I can't wait til dinner now...
4th Aug, 2014
Delicious! Such a simple recipe yet packed full of flavour with the bacon and thyme!
12th Jun, 2014
Very simple and very tasty. Kids love it too.
7th Apr, 2014
Just made this for family tea, I made double as others suggested but only added one lot of creme fraiche. It was very tasty and very filling. I did some mash potato with it for the kids great alternative to the normal veg
8th Jan, 2014
Great! Agree it's more of a generous serves 2 (I followed the recipe with 6 Cumberland sausages). V tasty!
20th Nov, 2013
Used marrowfat peas instead of lentils as the carbs but otherwise followed recipe and it certainly kept the cold at bay!
3rd Nov, 2013
I enjoyed this meal. I uses double cream instead of crème fraiche. I felt that maybe this would need abit more stock as sauce was absorbed easily. Also I used dried thyme which was just as nice as thyme sprigs. Not my favourite meal but still was nice.
20th Oct, 2013
Made a vegi version with vegi sausages, veg stock and no bacon. Added a bit of vegemite to increase the flavour! Was yummy with potato wedges. 3 year old and one year old loved it!


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16th Sep, 2013
Would double the quantity of lentil mix for 4 people. We ate it all between 2.
25th Jul, 2013
It works well with puy lentils too, I used Merchant Gourmet brand, they come cooked in a pouch, don't be put off, they look really awful in the pouch but they do turn out much better than they look at first! I also added a small squeeze of tomato puree as I love it in everything, and a dash of Worcester sauce. I couldn't find carrots either so used butternut squash, and fromage frais instead of creme fraiche, all tasted lush.
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