Black Lentil Stew with Sausage and Kale


There's nothing like a big, steaming bowl of comfort food to make everything seem all right, and this dark but delightful black lentil stew with sausage and kale is no exception. Sausage and lentils is a marriage made in heaven, and so good together, that not even kale can ruin it. I'm kidding, and actually love kale, but if you're not the biggest fan in the world, maybe try it one more time in this.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
6 bowls


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 large carrot, cubed

  • 1 rib celery, chopped

  • 1 (12 ounce) ring smoked garlic sausage, sliced

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 ½ cups black lentils

  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 bunches lacinato (dinosaur) kale

  • 1 large tomato, diced (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, or to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste


  1. Melt butter in a pot over medium heat. Saute onion, carrot, and celery until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add sausage; mix to coat. Stir in bay leaf and lentils. Pour in broth; season with salt and pepper. Increase heat and bring soup to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils start to swell up, about 20 minutes.

  2. In the meantime, pull kale leaves away from the stem. Roll leaves up and chop into ribbons. Place in a colander and wash.

  3. Stir kale and tomato into the soup. Cook until kale and lentils are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Taste and season as desired.

  4. Ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish with sour cream and cayenne pepper.

Chef's Notes:

You can use any kind of sausage. If using fresh sausage, cook and slice before adding to the stew.

Spinach and/or other vegetables will also work here, as these types of recipes are a perfect catch-all for seasonal produce. As long as you cook the greens until they get nice and tender, you'll be surprised how sweet and mild they become.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

549 Calories
25g Fat
51g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 549
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 2556mg 111%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 19g 69%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 205mg 1,026%
Calcium 377mg 29%
Iron 9mg 51%
Potassium 1534mg 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.