Skillet Lentil Stew

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Total time: 50 Minutes

Servings: 8

This is a cozy stew, brimming with lentils, sausage, potatoes, and greens. Hearty and healthy, it is sure to keep you warm during the winter months.

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    3 Tbsp (45 mL) canola oil, divided

    1/2 lb (250 g) chicken farmers sausage (heat and serve variety), diced

    1 onion, diced

    3 garlic cloves, minced

    1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme leaves

    1 tsp (5 mL) smoked paprika

    5 cups (1.25 L) low sodium chicken or vegetable broth

    2 cups (500 mL) green lentils

    1 bay leaf

    1 lb (500 g) cubed potatoes

    3 cups (750 mL) chopped Swiss chard, kale, or arugula

    1 cup (250 mL) corn

    ½ 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh parsley

    1 lemon, zest and juice

    to taste, salt and pepper

    1/2 cup (125 mL) crumbled Feta


  1. In a 12-inch (30 cm) pan or skillet, heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil over medium-high heat. Stir in the sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Cover and keep warm.
  2. Add remaining oil to the skillet and stir in the onions. Sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic, thyme, and paprika. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add broth, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in lentils and bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add potatoes and cook, covered, for another 10-15 minutes until the potatoes and lentils are tender, but not mushy.
  5. Add cooked sausage, greens, corn, parsley, and lemon zest and juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Divide stew among bowls and sprinkle with Feta.

Quick tip: Look for good quality chicken or turkey farmer's sausage that has already been cooked. It is often labeled as "heat and serve".
- You can substitute chili powder for smoked paprika.
- The corn in this recipe can be roasted, canned (and rinsed), or frozen (and thawed).

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups (310 mL)
  • Per serving:
  • Calories 390
  • Total Fat 15 g
  • Saturated Fat 3 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Carbohydrates 47 g
  • Dietary Fibre 10 g
  • Sugar 4 g
  • Protein 21 g
  • Sodium 540 mg
  • Potassium 555 mg
  • Folate 21 mcg