Italian Sausage & Lentil Stew

Ingredients

500g of Italian sausages (or 500g of a good meaty pork sausage combined with 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds, 1 crushed clove of garlic and 1 teaspoon of chopped rosemary)

1 tub of Chilli Gourmets Tomato & Chilli Sauce (Mild)

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled and squashed

250g of Castelluccio or Puy lentils

250ml of chicken stock

2 celery stalks, with the leaves, chopped

Salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of rosemary, chopped

A bunch of fresh parsley

Method

  1. For the lentils, fry the garlic in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil for a few minutes in a large pan. When the garlic starts to turn pale golden, add the lentils, stock and celery and cook for 30 minutes or until the lentils are soft & the stock has all but evaporated.
  2. While the lentils are cooking bring a large pan of water to the boil. Poach the sausages in the boiling water until they pop up to the surface, about 2-3 minutes. Leave until cool enough to handle, then peel off the skins.
  3. Fry the skinned sausages gently in the remaining oil until golden on all sides, about 5 minutes, adding the fennel seeds for the last minute. Remove the sausages and put to one side.
  4. Add the tomato sauce to the pan you cooked the sausages in and warm through gently for a minute or two, loosening the cooking juices left in the pan with a wooden spoon and incorporating them with the sauce. Add the chopped rosemary.
  5. Gently stir in the tomato sauce to the cooked lentils, check for seasoning then add the sausages and allow to cook gently together for about 5 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and drizzle with a little top quality extra virgin olive oil if you have some.

Serve with a good hunk of bread, a crusty sourdough would complement this dish perfectly.

I would also serve with a bowl of undressed rocket leaves to cut through the richness of the dish but a glass of red wine would also help to do that!

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