A simple dish with a distinct flavor that will leave you craving more. Lentils are cooked with Polish sausage and cumin to make a fast and satisfying meal that is ready in under 30 minutes with minimal effort. Use any type of sausage - I have used bratwurst, chorizo and leftover hot links as well.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine water, lentils and onion in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 15 minutes. Add sliced sausage, and season with cumin, salt and pepper. Simmer until lentils are tender, about 5 to 10 more minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

325 calories; protein 18.1g 36% DV; carbohydrates 27.9g 9% DV; fat 16.1g 25% DV; cholesterol 37.4mg 13% DV; sodium 522mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2010
This turned out much better than I expected with a couple of tweaks. As written it seems it would be filling but a tad bland. I used a venison sausage added some chili powder and garlic along with the cumin and some tomato sauce as well. Definitely making this again with those adjustments! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2011
Bland as written but delicious if you sub chicken stock for the water the recipe calls for. We also threw in a can of diced tomatoes lots of garlic strips of bell pepper and chili powder. This is one of those meals where you can throw in any veggie odds and ends you have and it just improves the base recipe. With the tweaks mentioned the recipe was a solid 4 or 4.5 star dinner. Read More
(17)
72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2010
This turned out much better than I expected with a couple of tweaks. As written it seems it would be filling but a tad bland. I used a venison sausage added some chili powder and garlic along with the cumin and some tomato sauce as well. Definitely making this again with those adjustments! Read More
(48)
Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2004
Very good! Something unique & different for a change! Very fast and easy to make! We used the Polish sausage but I added a little more than what was called for to even out more with the lentils! Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2008
For lentils this was actually pretty good! I never know what to do with the lentils I have in my pantry and this was quite tasty and QUICK! I used turkey polska keilbasa and served it with sauted paper-thin sliced carrots and onions. It took a lot of salt and pepper to make it palatable at first but the end result was great especially when I mixed in the extra vegetables. Looking forward to lunch tomorrow! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2010
We loved the idea of sausage and lentils coming together in one dish, I just thought it lacked a little. I boiled the lentils in chicken broth instead of the water. I also added about 3 cups of cabbage when I added the sausage. It turned out wonderful. Read More
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2011
Bland as written but delicious if you sub chicken stock for the water the recipe calls for. We also threw in a can of diced tomatoes lots of garlic strips of bell pepper and chili powder. This is one of those meals where you can throw in any veggie odds and ends you have and it just improves the base recipe. With the tweaks mentioned the recipe was a solid 4 or 4.5 star dinner. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2003
This recipe was really easy and good. I love lentils and the cumin gives them a great spiciness. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2011
Wonderful recipe! With the help of previous reviews this recipe came out wonderfully. Rather than water I used 3-1/2 cups of chicken brother. I used 3 green bulb onions and sauteed them before adding to the lentils. I also sauteed 3 thinly sliced carrots and added those to lentils early on. For my sausage I used Andouille sausage (it was all I had - I'd use Kielbassa next time for less spiciness). I cooked it a bit before adding it to the lentils as well. I added the cumin salt & pepper as shown plus some onion powder & 1/4 tsp of curry although with the spicy sausage it would've been fine with no curry. Overall I'm quite pleased with the outcome! Read More
(13)
Rating: 2 stars
12/03/2003
This didn't have very much flavor and was very plain. We went out for pizza after trying this one. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2009
Great comfort food! I added a bag of stew veggies and they tasted just like grandma used to make. Read More
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