Braised Lentils w/ Kielbasa

I have no idea where this recipe came from – it’s been in my box of “recipes from magazines I’ve taped to index cards” box for ages.  Cooking Light, possibly, judging by the font.  Points in its favor include short active cooking time (less than 20 minutes) and hearty flavors for the abysmal weather we’ve been having.  Points against it include Freshdirect not reliably carrying turkey kielbasa, thus necessitating a trip to Foodtown (where impulse purchases were made, totally blowing my weekly food budget).

Oven-braised lentils with Kielbasa

  • EVOO
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1.5 cups chopped celery
  • .5 cup chopped carrot
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste*
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 3 cups water + 2 14-oz cans chicken broth**
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bag (16-oz) dried brown lentils
  • 1 14-oz package turkey kielbasa, cut into slices
  • 1 bay leaf

*Being out of tomato paste (????) I opened a can of crushed tomatoes instead and used about 1/4 cup of that.

**I used a quart of homemade broth from my freezer.  Nom.

Preheat oven to 375.

Chop up the aromatics in the food processor while the oil preheats in a large dutch oven.  Add them to the hot oil and saute until everything is soft and you have a nice fond starting to develop on the bottom of the pan.

Stir in tomato paste (or in my case, tomatoes), cook 1-2 minutes, stirring to evenly distribute.

Add the wine and deglaze that lovely fond.

Add everything else.  Stir to combine.  Stick in oven and cook for about an hour.  (It will probably take a little longer, but if you check it at an hour you can make sure there’s enough liquid, or if there’s too much still you can take the lid off and let some of it evaporate.)

(I didn’t do either of those things because I was over at a neighbor’s apartment while this was in the oven, and so I didn’t know until it was too late that I’d added way too much liquid and wound up with something much more like a thick lentil soup.)

(Not that there’s anything wrong with lentil soup!)

(It was still pretty delicious.)

We ate over at the neighbors’ last night, potluck-style, and so no pictures were taken.  Blogger fail!

Dylan Report: I think he would have loved this if only he hadn’t had an upset stomach from drinking too much cream soda at lunch.  Mommy fail!

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  1. #1 by Sylvie on February 7, 2011 - 6:31 pm

    How convenient, I just bought turkey kielbasa at TJs this weekend!

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