Sausage Lentil Stew Recipe
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Sausage Lentil Stew Recipe

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This hearty stew is chock-full of protein-packed lentils, vegetables and tasty turkey kielbasa. It's big on flavor but easy on the budget, assures Patti St. Antoine of Broomfield, Colorado.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound fully cooked turkey kielbasa, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 268 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 1236mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 12g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the kielbasa, carrots, celery, onion and garlic in oil until vegetables are almost tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the water, potatoes, broth, lentils, salt, cumin and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and chilies; heat through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Lentil Stew in Light & Tasty April/May 2001, p55

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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DebbieT User ID: 221944 85963
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Very good."

angmclanc User ID: 3282588 204218
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"So delicious. The cumin gives it a lovely warmth."

Rev Ruby User ID: 7066860 204217
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"A delightful, flavorful rich blend of tastes and textures! Perfect for a cold winter evening!"

BrendaFSC User ID: 5643160 78836
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Such a hearty will be my go to recipe for the cooler months ahead."

dontknowhowtocook User ID: 2041308 31520
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"Mild, pleasing flavor... the green chilis add the right touch."

bjq User ID: 3914606 85961
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"Delicious! I made this recipe exactly as written, will definately make this again, and won't change a thing!"

loudon User ID: 560505 46773
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"Because we try to stay away from most meat, I used only 1/2 pound of low fat turkey kielbasa and diced it into smaller pieces. We like the flavor that cumin gives to any recipe, so doubled the amount. The cayenne pepper gives it a little snap, we use more but even the 1/8 t. would be to hot for some."

MadT User ID: 2584563 117918
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2009

"This stew was so good and so full of healthy goodness. It was also very easy to prepare but tasted like I had worked all day on it. The only small change I made was adding 1/2 teaspoon more salt at the end. I know I'll be making this often."

goldfinch123 User ID: 23962 88529
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"This recipe is delicious! I have 4 additional servings to have for later meals. It is easy and pretty cost efficient to make. I highly recommend this!"

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