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Ricetta Sausages on a bed of Lentils

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These spicy sausages are really phenomenal on top of these flavorful lentils. The original recipe recommends cooking and serving the sausage inside of savoy cabbage leaves. We forgot to bring the savoy cabbage, so we cooked the sausage directly on a skillet and served bare on top of the lentils. It was still remarkably delicious, with the sausage being browned and crisp in a way it won't be if you use the savoy cabbage. Try it whichever way you like as I've included instructions for both below. Try to mix the sausage ingredients at least 2 hours or up to 1 day ahead so the seasonings can flavor the meat well This could also be served as a first course.

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  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey or pork
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds ,
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped mushrooms (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/2 pound (1 cup) lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 small onions (3 ounces), peeled and chopped
  • 4 large doves garlic, peeled, crushed and finely chopped (3 teaspoons)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco hot pepper sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dij9n-style mustard
  • CABBAGE (optional)
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 large outer leaves from a savoy cabbage (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or cilantro


  1. Thoroughly mix the sausage ingredients in a bowl, and refrigerate, covered. (you may prepare the meat 1 day ahead. If you do, reserve the mushrooms which might darken and discolor the mixture and mix them in just before forming the mixture into patties.)
  2. If using cabbage, then in a large saucepan, bring the 6 cups of water to a boil, add the cabbage leaves, and bring the water back to a boil. Cook the cabbage for 5 minutes, until soft but still firm. Drain, and refresh under cool water. Cut each leaf on either side of the center stem. Discard the stems (or save for another purpose). Form the sausage mixture into twelve patties. If using cabbage, wrap each patty in a piece of cooked cabbage leaf.
  3. Wash the lentils under cool, running water, and place them in a pot with the 3 cups of water, the onions, 2 teaspoons of the chopped garlic, the bay leaves, and the salt. Bring to a boil, cover, and boil gently for 20 to 25 minutes. The lentils should be
  4. tender and a little wet; if an excess amount of liquid remains, drain it off. (Should yield 3 cups of cooked lentils.) Add the oil, the remaining teaspoon of garlic, the black pepper, the Tabasco, and
  5. the mustard, and mix well. Set aside.
  6. If using cabbage, place the patties on a hot, well-cleaned grill, and cook for about 5 minutes on each side. If not using cabbage, cook the patties on either a grill or in a heavy duty skillet for about 4 minutes per side until nicely browned.
  7. To serve, divide the lentils among six plates, and arrange 1-2 sausage patties on each bed of lentils. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley, and serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 661g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 404  
Calories from Fat 169 42%
Total Fat 18.96g 24%
Saturated Fat 3.9g 16%
Trans Fat 0.31g  
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 1020mg 43%
Potassium 839mg 24%
Total Carbs 28.88g 8%
Dietary Fiber 13.4g 45%
Sugars 5.52g 4%
Protein 30.13g 48%
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  • Nancy Miyasaki
    I loved this flavorful sausage and lentil combination. It's a bold combination of flavors and textures. I thought it went well with the relatively mild pommes parsillade.
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    • Arturo Féliz-Camilo
      Not a fan of lentils! but I'll have to try this!
      • Linda Hanson
        This was a super delicious and hearty dish! I had it without the cabbage and it was very good!
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        • Ufolie
          Very easy to prepare and tasty unusual combination with the lentils.
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