Sausage Stew

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By Alice Phoenix Serves: 3
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour

This sausage stew is a go to meal to warm up your soul in the winter- but don't let that stop you from cooking it all-year-round! If you want to make this vegetarian, mushrooms work as a great replacement for the sausages.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions (finely sliced into half-moons)
  • 1 large carrot/2 small carrots chopped into rough chunks
  • 3 tbsp olive oil/vegetable oil
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme (optional)
  • 6 sausages (recommended 2 per person)
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 70g puy lentils
  • 100g pitted prunes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

1

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil to the pan and put the onions with a lid (on a medium-low heat) to sweat for 10 minutes.

2

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan, brown the sausages all over, then add to the casserole.

3

Deglaze the frying pan with a little stock, then pour into the casserole - that way you get all the sticky flavour the sausages left!

4

Add the lentils, prunes and remaining stock to the pan – make sure that the liquid jsut about covers everything in the pan, adding water if necessary.

5

Bring the pan to a low simmer, cover and leave on the stove for an hour to an hour and a half. Give the mixture a stir every 30 minutes or so to make sure its not sticking to the bottom.

6

Season to taste, and serve.

Notes

I think this goes great with cooked veg, a sweet potato mash or even just plain white rice!