Easy Lentil and Sausage Stew is an Italian Fall Soup made with Italian Sausages, Lentils and Fresh Veggies. Healthy, Filling and Delicious. The Perfect Dinner Stew or Soup.
Ahhh comfort food, probably one of the best food dishes to eat. I have to say this Lentils and Sausage soup is one of my favourite Comfort Dishes.
Whether I make an all Veggie Dish or add meat or as in this case Italian Sausages, beans are a must have staple in my home.
In Italy I have probably tasted more than my share of beans, from fresh to dried there are so many to choose from. I now appreciate the huge selection available whether Italian or North American.
Popular Italian Beans
Tuscany, the northern region of Italy, is famous for producing beans. Cannellini, also known as white kidney beans, are, perhaps, its most popular bean.
Borlotti beans are from the region of Veneto in the north. Borlotti beans are also considered to be the healthiest because of their high iron content.
Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans are cultivated in the south of Italy and are considered the most consumed bean in the world.
Fava beans are also cultivated in the warmer regions of Italy from the south. Italians like to eat these cooked or raw. The May 1 holiday in Italy is celebrated with pecorino cheese and raw fava beans.
If you haven’t tried them, I will say they are all worth trying at least once.
Lentils and Sausage Stew is a traditional and hearty comfort dish, that makes one of the most popular Italian winter will meals.
This dish is easy to make but does need a some time for preparation, This stew is delicious served with a simple salad or a slice or two of Italian crusty bread and a glass of red wine.
I added basil in this recipe but you could also use sage or even thyme if you prefer.
Lentils are An Italian New Years Good Luck Dish
This Lentils and Sausage Soup is served just after midnight on New Years in Italy.
It is considered a good luck dish which is supposed to bring you lots of money in the New Year!
Do you need to soak Lentils?
The good thing about dried lentils is you don’t have to soak them over night.
You can cook them right away if you are out of time, although it is best for digestion and to speed up the cooking time if you let them soak for at least 30 minutes or even one hour.
Cooking with Italian Sausages
Sometimes I will cut the sausages into pieces rather than cook them whole.
You can also pre-boil the Italian sausage for about 10 minutes to remove some of the extra fat and in my opinion the Lentils and Sausage Stew has a lighter taste because of that.
Of course you don’t have to boil them if you don’t want, you decide.
As with a lot of Italian soups and stews don’t forget to serve with a nice crusty Italian bread to soak up all the sauce and a nice white or red Italian wine doesn’t hurt either!
So here’s to Italian comfort food. Buon Appetito and Happy New Year!
Easy Italian Lentil and Sausage Stew
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4-5 Italian sausages
- 1 large carrot chopped
- 1 celery stalk chopped
- 1/2 onion chopped (or 1 shallot chopped)
- 1 clove of garlic chopped
- 1 1/4 cups lentils 250 grams
- 1/4 cup white wine (60 grams)
- 3/4 cup tomato puree (passata) (170 grams)
- 2 cups of vegetable broth (500 grams)
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon basil
- dash or 2 of hot pepper flakes if desired
- In a medium bowl add lentils and cover with water, let sit for 30 minutes, drain and rinse with water.
- In a medium - large pot on medium low heat add the olive oil and the Italian sausages (prick the sausages with a fork), cook and brown on both sides, then stir in the chopped carrot, celery, onion and garlic, cook until onions are transparent (about 2 minutes) then add the lentils, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute, raise the heat to medium high and add the white wine continue to cook until wine has evaporated (about 2 minutes).
- Add the tomato puree, vegetable broth, and spices, stir to combine, cover and bring to a boil on medium high heat, then lower to medium low, leave half covered, stirring occasionally and cook for approximately 45 minutes, or until lentils are tender and liquid has thickened. If you prefer a thinner soup then you can add more broth or water. Enjoy!
Updated from September 28, 2016.