Sausage and Lentils Recipe with Kale

Sausages and braised puy lentils with kale

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Make the most of kale in our sausage one-pot recipe, served with a quick, punchy gremolata on the side


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  • olive oil
  • meaty pork sausages 8
  • streaky bacon 3 rashers, chopped
  • red onion 1 large, finely chopped
  • cavolo nero 100g, leaves stripped and torn into pieces, stems finely chopped
  • garlic 4 cloves, chopped
  • tomato purée 2 tbsp
  • red wine a glass (optional)
  • Puy lentils 175g
  • chicken stock 750ml
  • cherry tomatoes 400g tin
  • kale 100g, leaves stripped


  • flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, chopped
  • extra-virgin olive oil 3 tbsp
  • lemon 1, zested and ½ juiced


  • Step 1

    Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a casserole over a medium heat and brown the sausages until golden all over, then scoop out onto a plate. Tip in the bacon and fry until crisp and the fat has rendered, adding a little more oil if drying out.

  • Step 2

    Add the onion, cavolo nero stems and a pinch of salt, and cook gently for 5-10 minutes or until soft, then add the garlic and cook for a minute. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for a further minute before adding the red wine, if using, and bubble for a few minutes until reduced by 1/2. Stir in the lentils, stock and tomatoes, and add back the sausages and any juices from the plate. Simmer gently for 45 minutes until the lentils are just tender.

  • Step 3

    Mix together the parsley, extra-virgin olive oil and lemon zest and juice in a bowl with a little seasoning.

  • Step 4

    Stir the kale and the cavolo nero leaves into the casserole with another 100ml of water and simmer gently, while stirring, for 10 minutes, until the cavolo nero is cooked.

  • Step 5

    Spoon into bowls and serve with the gremolata scattered over.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 620
  • Fat 34.8g
  • Saturates 10.2g
  • Carbs 38.6g
  • Sugars 11.8g
  • Fibre 13.4g
  • Protein 31.3g
  • Salt 2.6g