Cheap Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sausage & Lentils

1 Feb

For a printable version of this recipe and complete ingredients listing, click here.

The perfect welcome home after a cold, wet day...

This yummy stew gets a lovely flavor and texture from the delicious root vegetables that simmer in broth all day while your slow-cooker does the work for you.

I wanted to invent a lentil stew, rather than a soup, full of hearty good things to eat that wouldn’t leave us wanting for a second course.

Rather than succumb to the good old standbys of ground beef or stew meat that fade into obscurity, I decided to think outside of the box and experiment with some smoked turkey sausage in my Crock Pot. The result was both tasty and economical, satisfying both of my requirements for recipes on this blog!

The oft-overlooked parsnip makes a curious addition to this stew.

Begin by chopping about 3 or 4 cups of root vegetables of any variety. I used carrots, parsnips and potatoes, but you can also use sweet potatoes, turnips or anything else that

Any vegetables will do.

strikes your fancy or is cheap and in season in your local produce department. Be sure to include at least one onion in the mix, and play around with different sized pieces to add interest to your meal.

Throw the vegetables into your slow cooker and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon seasoning salt.

Next, slice up a package (11- to 14-ounces) of regular or turkey smoked sausage and add the meat to the slow cooker. Dump a 1-lb. bag of dry lentils into the mixture and add 2 cans of chicken broth (about

Using smoked sausage means you don't have to brown any meat during prep time!

3-1/2 cups) and 4 to 5 cups water, or enough to fill your slow cooker.

Since lentils do not require prior soaking, you can make this dish just as easily on your stovetop after work.

Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar over the top of the stew and stir well. Cover with lid and heat on LOW setting for 8 hours, or HIGH setting for 4-5 hours.

Cheap brown-and-serve rolls or corn muffins make fast and yummy companions to this meal. Leftovers refrigerate well for quick lunches! (Be sure to add extra liquid to leftovers if necessary.)

Just a small bowl of this protein-packed stew will keep you full for hours.

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2 Responses to “Cheap Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sausage & Lentils”

  1. yasmine February 5, 2010 at 9:47 AM #

    This looks very good, I’m going to try it today. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Gracie February 7, 2010 at 1:01 PM #

      Let me know how it turns out!

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