Sausage and lentil hotpot

We’ve been eating lots of lentils recently. There were several half-used packets in our cupboard, along with a bunch of other random bits and bobs of food, which I’ve been trying to use up. It turns out that lentils are really delicious and versatile. So far I’ve made a lentil and sausage hotpot which was a real hit, and a vegetarian lentil lasagne which will surely become a staple when we have veggies over for dinner!

Sausage and lentil hotpot
300g green lentils
12 pork sausages
1 onion, diced
4 rashers smoked bacon, cut into strips
2 carrots, cut into chunky pieces
4 sticks of celery, chopped
Dried thyme
1 litre chicken stock

Fry bacon in a large lidded casserole until browned. Add the onion and fry until soft (add a bit of salt to speed this up). Add the carrot and celery and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, stock, sausages and thyme. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 45 minutes.

We ate it with rice but I think it would go well with baked potatoes.

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