Lentils were not something I had a child but one day we were eating at an Italian restaurant that offered a lentil stew, so I decided to give it a try and I LOVED it! As I was eating it, I would pick out ingredients and then decided to give it a try at home. Over the years, I’ve modified and perfected the recipe and today, New Year’s day, 2017, that’s what I made us for dinner. Bill LOVES my soups and this one I even made the stock. However, stock is another post…lol

SO, this recipe uses boxed stock from the store. It can be a little spicy, so if you don’t like spice, tune it down. Happy New Year folks!

Lentil Stew final

Lentil Stew

Servings 6 servings


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced (yellow or sweet)
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 2 links Hot Italian Sausage (casings removed)
  • 3 links Sweet Italian Sausage (casings removed)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers chopped
  • 14.5 oz can Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 large carrot grated (about a cup)
  • 1 Russet Potato grated or cubed (Peeled or Unpeeled)
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 cups Beef Stock
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 3 inch sprigs Rosemary fresh (leave on stems)
  • 3-4 sprigs thyme fresh (leave on stems)
  • 1 cup Lentils (DRY) (Green are best)
  • 3 cups Fresh Kale Chopped


  • In a dutch oven or similar pan, add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add onions, celery, and carrots. Sprinkle with about 1/2 tsp of salt and some pepper (remember, season as you go). Next, add garlic and sausage. Break up sausage and once it is crumbly then add the roasted red peppers and the can of tomatoes. This will give you enough liquid to get up some of those dark bits on the bottom of the pan. Next, pour in the stock, add the remaining spices, herbs and bay leaves. NOTE: Leave the herbs on their stems. There is flavor there and you will fish the stems out at the end.) Bring this to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, add the Lentils and turn it down to a simmer. Cook about 30 min and taste. Add additional salt/pepper as needed. At this point, add the Kale. It will wilt down quickly, so don’t worry if it seems like a lot.
    brown vegys and sausage
  • Serve with toasted Pumpernickel or sourdough bread.
    add kale


If you don’t like spice, omit the red pepper flakes.
Optional: If you have parmesan rinds, put one in the soup with the lentils. It just adds a layer of nuttiness. YUM!