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Italian Sausage with Lentils and Kale

Cooking sausages on the top of the lentil mixture infuses this one-skillet meal with rich, meaty flavor.

Author Cook's Country - Dec/Jan 2017

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pds sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 shallots peeled, halved, and sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 10 oz kale stemmed and chopped
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 15 oz can lentils rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard
  • 1 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees.  Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking.  Add sausage and cook until browned all over, about five minutes; transfer to plate

  2. Reduce heat to medium, add shallots and garlic to now-empty skillet, and cook until vegetables start to brown, about 3 minutes.  Add kale, broth, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cover and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes

  3. Stir in lentils. Arranged browned sausage on top of lentil mixture and transfer skillet to over. Cook, uncovered, until sausage registers 160 degrees, about 12 minutes.  Whisk yogurt, mustard, and water together in bowl; drizzle over top. Serve.

Recipe Notes

For a spicier kick, use hot Italian sausage.