Lentil Stew with Italian Turkey Sausage

I remember having a delicious lentil stew at an ethnic night hosted by my preschool when I was four. I loved it but my mom, while an accomplished cook, didn't like lentils and wouldn't make them. Thirty years later I decided to experiment with them and this was the result of my first try. It is very flavorful and makes a hearty supper for a cold night!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings


  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped

  • ½ pound hot Italian turkey sausage links

  • 2 cups dry lentils

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup hot water, or as needed


  1. Combine 2 cups broth, onion, and celery in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.

  2. At the same time, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry sausage links in the hot skillet. Pierce casings with a fork to allow juices to run out and cook in the bottom of the pan. Cook until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to a plate to cool. Slice into thin slices.

  3. Deglaze the skillet with about 1/4 cup chicken broth. Add the pan drippings to the saucepan, along with any remaining chicken broth, lentils, tomato sauce, and pepper. Bring to a simmer.

  4. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. If more liquid is needed, add water in small increments.

  5. Add sliced sausage, heat through, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

229 Calories
3g Fat
31g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 15g 54%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 512mg 11%

* 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.

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