There are certain foods that taste especially good on a cold blustery day and a hearty soup or stew perfectly meets that desire. Probably one of my all-time favorite winter stews is my Sweet Italian Sausage Lentil Stew. If you normally don’t care for lentils, this recipe might change your mind. Trust me on this one! It is a rich, creamy stew that is simply delicious. I’ve had numerous people say they don’t care for lentils but love this recipe. It freezes well if you make a large pot and it is perfect reheated due to the depth of flavor that richens the longer it sits.
I live on the rolling hills of the Palouse and am surrounded by lentil, wheat, garbanzo and pea fields. We are in winter now, so our fields are not this beautiful golden hue that they are in late July and early August. When the fields are covered in snow the rolling hills throw beautiful shadows and the soft bending of light produces a true work of art. In the spring they are covered in a brilliant velvet of green as the crops burst through the rich soil and then gently change to the golden waves of grain pictured below. My favorite Palouse photographer is Alison Meyer. Her working is stunning, although I think my little snapshot below competes pretty well.
And let me tell you, we do have winters here! The farmers appreciate heavy snowfall in the winter, bringing ample moisture to the ground when it melts in early spring. But I’m not sure how much my husband appreciates it when the snow shoveling comes around! This is a picture I took from my deck a few years ago. This snow fell all in one night!
And it’s on days like this that a warm bowl of Sweet italian Sausage Lentil Stew tastes so good. Lentils are an ancient grain. In fact they are mentioned in the Old Testament when Jacob trades a bowl of lentil stew for Esau’s birthright. If you have never tried lentils, they have an earthy flavor and best of all are inexpensive. You generally can pick up a bag of lentils at the store for just over a dollar. Another favorite lentil recipe is my Red Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale.
Simple ingredients such as carrots, leeks, spinach, Italian sausage, lentils and cream make up this soup. I hope you try it and let me know what you think.
This recipe has been shared on the following blogs: NourishingJoy