SPICY LENTILS WITH SAUSAGE
I found this recipe in the Detroit News a while back. Once I saw it, I knew I had to try it. It's so hearty and flavorful. Plus, with Lent rolling around, you can omit the sausage and have a tasty vegetarian dish. Definitely give it a try. It's the perfect weeknight meal.
I used the steamed lentils from Trader Joe's to save on time. I highly recommend these. They are sooo good!!!
1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 cup red and/or yellow peppers, finely chopped
1 14-ounce can peeled diced tomatoes
1 cup V-8
2 cups prepared lentils
1 small can of diced green chiles
Pinch of dried basil
Crushed red pepper to taste (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 pound sausage (chicken or pork), browned and sliced (optional)
Cook the sausage as directed. Slice and set aside.
Prepare lentils, as directed.
In a large pot, heat the olive oil and add the onions, garlic and peppers. Sauté until soft. Add the tomatoes and V-8. Stir well, cover and simmer for 20 mins.
Add cooked lentils, seasonings, chiles, cooked sausage and heat thoroughly.
Serve in shallow soup bowls. You can top with goat cheese or Parmesan cheese. YUM!!