Here’s quick, easy and delicious go to favorite of ours. A little bit of what everyone likes: smoked sausage, lentils, kale and red wine! It's the perfect dish for this time of the year as we move into cooler weather.
- 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, or just once around the pan
- 2 smoked turkey sausage links or turkey kielbasa, thinly sliced
- 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
- 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 3 pinches of crushed red pepper, or to taste :)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups red wine of your choosing
- 1 cup lentils
- 1 large bunch of kale leaves, tough stems removed, tear into small pieces
- Freshly ground pepper and sea salt, to taste
- Cut red onion into thin slices.
- Add the 2 tsp oil and onion to the pan. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, till browned, stirring occasionally.
- As the onion cooks chop 5 cloves of garlic. Then add garlic and a couple pinches of crushed red pepper to the pan. Cook and stir, until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
- Now add 2 1/2 cups of water and 1 1/2 cups of wine. Increase to high heat and bring to a boil. You can scrape up any brown pieces from browning the onion now too!
- While the liquid comes to a boil, slice the 2 smoked sausage/kielbasa links.
- Once the water and wine is boiling, add the lentils and layer the smoked sausage/kielbasa on top. Now reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook with the pan partially covered for 40 minutes. Make sure to keep that pan simmering! You may need to check back in with your pan during this part.
- As the lentils and sausage cook, take the bunch of kale and remove the tough stem. I usually just tear them off. Now, tear the leaves into tiny pieces and make sure to wash and rinse the leaves.
- After the 40 minute cook time add a large bunch of small kale leaves. Here you will probably need to add half the kale, stir and then add the second half. When all kale is added cover and stir occasionally. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the kale is tender. Season with ground pepper and sea salt.
- You are ready to serve.