Recipe: Sausage and lentil cassoulet

Serves: 4
Course: Main Course
Cooking Time: 0 hr 45 mins
  • 225g puy lentils
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 8 pork sausages
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, extra leaves to garnish
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche, to serve

This a real winter warming stew which can be made with or without the sausages. Look for good-quality thick sausages here.

Rinse the lentils in a sieve under cold running water, then place in a pan with 600ml of water. Add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until “al dente” – just tender but still with a little bite. Drain in a sieve and set aside.

Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Add one tablespoon of the rapeseed oil to a pan, then add the sausages and sauté over a medium heat until nicely browned, turning regularly.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in another pan and sweat the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and bay leaf for about 10 minutes until softened but not coloured.

Stir through the cooked lentils and then pour in the chicken stock and chopped tomatoes. Bring to a steady simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Season to taste, add the sausages to the pot and simmer for a further five minutes.

Finally stir in the parsley. Spoon the spiced lentil stew onto a large warmed platter, place the sausages on top and spoon over a dollop of crème fraîche and a few parsley leaves to serve.