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Italian Sausage & Lentil Stew

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  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 1 hr 20 min
  • serves: 8 people

Looking for a cozy dish to warm you up on a cool day?  Try this savory, Tuscan-style stew that features flavorful sausage and colorful vegetables - it's as comforting as your favorite sweater.


cost per recipe: $6.21

  • 1 pound sweet Italian pork sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large carrot, sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 1/2 cups Swanson® Vegetable Broth or
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups cubed red potato
  • 1/2 cup uncooked dry lentils
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped broccoli rabe


  • Tips

    • Tip: Broccoli rabe, also known as rapini, is a slightly bitter vegetable that pairs particularly well with Italian sausage. When choosing broccoli rabe, avoid bunches with leaves that are wilted or yellowing.
  • Step 1

    Spray a 6-quart saucepot with vegetable cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the sausage and cook until it's well browned, stirring often. Pour off any fat.

  • Step 2

    Add the carrots, onion, and garlic to the saucepot and cook until the vegetables are tender.

  • Step 3

    Stir the broth, oregano, bay leaf, potatoes and lentils in the saucepot and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 40 minutes or until the lentils are tender.

  • Step 4

    Stir in the broccoli rabe. Cook for 5 minutes or until the broccoli rabe is tender. Discard the bay leaf.


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  • Delicious

    Alexandra B.
    November 27, 2014

    Delicious, but next time I'm adding bacon!!!

  • Italian Sausage & Lentil Stew

    February 28, 2011

    Great recipe :)

  • Italian Sausage & Lentil Stew

    Randall B.
    February 27, 2011

    We used hot Italian sausage. It's so good and filling, perfect on a cold day.

  • Italian Sausage & Lentil Stew

    Donna R.
    January 24, 2011


  • Italian Sausage & Lentil Stew

    Audrey G.
    January 9, 2007

    It's really good, I also added leftover chicken and used escarole instead of broccoli rabe.

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    Calories 178
    Total Fat 8 g
    Sat. Fat 2.8 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 16 mg
    Sodium 720 mg
    Total Carb 16 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Sugar 3 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 9 g
    Vitamin D 2 %DV
    Calcium 4 %DV
    Iron 10 %DV
    Potassium 8 %DV
    Calories 173
    Total Fat 7 g
    Sat. Fat 2.6 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
    Sodium 484 mg
    Total Carb 16 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Sugar 0 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 9 g
    Vitamin D 2 %DV
    Calcium 4 %DV
    Iron 10 %DV
    Potassium 0 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.