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Sausage & Lentil Ragout

We love sausages and we love lentils.  Sometimes you just need some comfort food and this recipe is so easy and delicious it ticks all the boxes when it comes to flavour and texture.  I always use very good quality sausages and I find the German Weisswurst type are terrific as there is barely any fat in them and they are quick to brown and pop into the luscious lentil mixture in minutes.

Feel free to add or take out anything you like – this recipe has a sort of Italian flavour because of the balsamic and tomatoes but any vegetables you have to hand will suffice.  The vinegar gives a lovely tang and red or white wine vinegar can also be used.

Sausage & Lentil Casserole


When I served this up I had some toasted olive bread on the side – yummy…

Sausage & Lentils


1 teaspoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic grated

1 onion finely chopped

2 celery sticks finely chopped

1 carrot finely diced

12 cherry tomatoes left whole

1 tub tomato paste

1 bottle passata

2 tins brown lentils, drained and rinsed

1 bag baby spinach

2 teaspoons Massel chicken stock powder

Salt & pepper to taste

Pinch sugar

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

6 long good quality sausages

Continental parsley for garnish


In a large pan, heat olive oil and gently fry the onions, carrot & celery until softened

Add grated garlic and fry for a few more minutes

Add tomato paste and passata and combine thoroughly

Add in the stock powder and simmer with lid on for around 15 minutes or until vegetables are soft

Throw in the lentils, whole cherry tomatoes and spinach and a little extra water if too thick.

Add in balsamic vinegar and season to taste

In the meanwhile gently fry sausages in a separate pan until golden brown and cooked though

Cut each sausage into four diagonally and tip into the lentil mixture

Mix thoroughly and heat through

The mixture can be left on a gentle simmer for another 15 minutes or so to ensure the flavour goes through the sausages

Sprinkle some finely chopped continental parsley on top and serve with crusty bread or polenta


Bon Appetit!  🙂

Warm Roasted Tomato Salad

My supermarket has these wonderful boxes of different coloured baby tomatoes.  Some are bright yellow, some are almost black, some are red cherry tomatoes and some are baby Roma style.  They look so inviting and colourful and being small they are beautifully sweet.  Of course you can use any cherry tomatoes for this salad, but the multicoloured ones add a bit more interest.

These are delicious as a side dish with schnitzel or steak and the next day you can toss them though pasta for a quick vegetarian dinner…  I whipped these up in minutes – enjoy…

Roasted Tomato Salad



1 punnet of mixed baby tomatoes

3 cloves of garlic finely sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Salt & pepper to taste

½ cup finely shredded basil leaves

2 tablespoons crumbled Persian feta cheese



Toss the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and balsamic together in a roasting tray

Season with salt & pepper to taste

Roast in 200c fan-forced oven for 15-20 minutes or until softened and coloured

Shake the pan a couple of times to ensure they don’t stick

To serve, add the shredded basil leaves and gently stir though

Top with crumbled feta cheese


Bon Appetit!  🙂

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