This is typically an Italian dish.. which may actually surprise you compared to our normal stereotypical view of 'Italians only make pizza and pasta'. But actually in the ancient walled city of Norcia, Italy, lentils and sausages are on every menu!
Lentils have so many health benefits for you including.. digestive health, lower cholesterol, improving heart health, helping to maintain weight loss, a great source of protein and increased energy levels. And as it turns out, they are also SUPER tasty when paired with sausages!
The rich and smokey lentil stew Ive created, Is packed with healthy vegetables including, carrot, celery and onion, which further add to that autumnal taste. Using up some ingredients in the fridge, I also fried off some smokey maple cured bacon rashers and added them to the mix. Who would of thought a double wammy pig, would combine perfectly in a stew!
Serving this dish I decided a little something green would compliment the dish perfectly. However there is already the perfect amount of crunch texture already in the dish, from your celery and el dente lentils, so I thought how about some courgettie? I simply fried the courgettie in the sausage pan after they were cooked. The courgettie soaked up all of the sausage juices and softened perfectly, almost like caramelised onions, to compliment this dish perfectly!