Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Italian Sausage and Lentil Stew

Italian Sausage and Lentil Stew

Italian Pork Sausage                  1 lb (I used Hot this time)
Sliced carrots                             1 1/2 cups
Diced onions                             1 cup
Cloves garlic                             2 each
Chicken or Vegetable broth      3 1/2 cups
Oregano leaves                          2 Tbsp.
Bay leaves                                 1 each
Cubed red potatoes                    2 cups
Uncooked dry green lentils        1 cup
Chopped broccoli florets            2 cups
Gallon zipper bag                       1 each (if freezing)
Quart zipper bag                         1 each (if freezing)
This recipe is great to freeze and reuse later!!

In a large pot, brown the sausage.  Cut into 1/2 inch pieces after browning.  Return to the pot and cook until no longer pink in the middle.

Deglaze the pan with the broth, making sure to scrape up all the yummy bits.
Add the carrots, onion, garlic, oregano, bay leaf, and lentil to the pot.  Bring to a boil.  Cook until the vegetables are tender. 

Add the potatoes, cover and reduce heat to low.  Cook for 40 minutes or until the lentils are tender.

Remove from heat and allow to cool completley.  Place in labeled gallon bag.  Place the broccoli florets in the quart sized zipper bag and staple this bag to the gallon bag.

When ready to serve: defrost completely.  Place in a large pot and bring to a boil.  Stir in the broccoli.  Cook for about 5 minutes or until the broccoli is bright green and tender.  Fish out the bay leaves and discard.

(I didn't add broccoli to this)  Still very yummy!!

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