My family love sausages, so this is my way of making it healthy. They all love it. Adding the lentils makes it extra healthy for my children (I also do a simpler tinned beans mixed with knorr ragu sauce for speed but this version is more refined and grown-up with wine). I add loads of veg to this (like bolognese) and if its‘ chopped small, they dont‘ notice. Lots of garlic and bacon give it strength of character and saltiness. Also my teenage daughter now likes it without the meat since she‘ became vege, so it can be done equally well without the meat for veggies (with the sausages and bacon cooked in a separate dish to be added at the end for meat eaters). Cooking it all together in the oven is an easy one-pot style solution to my busy life as a mum and so I can just throw it together and leave it to cook. I love the new knorr herb pot, it gives it a stronger, herby and deeper flavour compared to a dried stock cube.
(1) Put the oven to 200C
(2) Rinse the lentilles in cold water and put in a deep large oven tray.
(3) Add peppers, celery, garlic, lardons (and any other vegetables you wish)
(4) Dissolve stock pot in about 500ml of hot water and then add this with the white wine and tin of chopped tomatoes to the ingredients.
(5) Season well and sprinkle over 2/3rds of the parsley and mix all together well.
(6) Add sausages on top and place the try in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed and the lentilles are cooked. Add further stock/water or wine if the dish starts to look abit dry during cooking and turn the sausages over a couple of times during the cooking period.
(7) Sprinkle the remaining parsley over the top.
Nice served with warm crusty baguettes and butter.
You can also add other chopped vegetables if you wish, like carrots, tomatoes, courgettes, whatever you have left in the fridge, chopped small. You can also use red wine, whatever you have in the cupboard.
If you choose to accompany this dish with baguettes, those par baked baguettes are good, they can be put on a lower shelf for the last 10 or so minutes of the cooking time to be ready at the same time (turning half-way). For 5 people I‘d do 2 or 3 depending on how hungry people are. (they‘re quite small baguettes).
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