Sausages with Creamy Lentils

  • 15MINS
  • 50MINS
  • 394KCAL

This Sausages with Creamy Lentils recipe is a hearty, one pot casserole that's perfect if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories394
  • Carbs41g
  • Protein31g
  • Fat9.7g
  • Saturates3.6g
  • Sugars12g

 

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

As far as flavour combinations go, you can’t get more classic than pork, sage and apple!  Our Sausages with Creamy Lentils recipe combines these three flavours with peppery lentils to create a really hearty, filling meal that’s great for those chilly winter evenings.

We’ve used green lentils in this casserole to create a one pot meal with no fuss that you can enjoy it on its own or with some crusty bread to mop up the lentils and sauce.  It also works really well when served with some pickled beetroot and red cabbage as the sharpness of these ingredients helps to cut through the creamy sauce.

Remember not to chop your apple too far in advance for this recipe, as otherwise it’ll start to discolour – you want the apple to be beautiful and crisp, not shrivelled and brown!

What diets is this Sausages with Creamy Lentils recipe suitable for?

This Sausages with Creamy Lentils recipe can be made suitable for dairy free diets by swapping the following ingredients out for dairy free alternatives;

  • Reduced fat, spreadable cheese

It can also be made suitable for gluten free diets by swapping out the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives;

  • Stock cubes
  • Sausages

You could also make this recipe suitable for vegetarian diets by swapping the following ingredients out for vegetarian alternatives;

  • Low fat pork sausages
  • Chicken stock cubes

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Sausages with Creamy Lentils recipe?

  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Sausages with Creamy Lentils recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Sausages with Creamy Lentils recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Sausages with Creamy Lentils recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Sausages with Creamy Lentils dish?

You can pick up cider vinegar from the supermarket, but if you can’t find it then white wine vinegar would also work.

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You’ll need a large, heavy bottomed casserole pan with a tight fitting lid, like this one from Amazon.

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How many calories are in these Sausages with Creamy Lentils?

There are 394 calories per portion in this Sausages with Creamy Lentils dish, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Sausages with Creamy Lentils recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray the casserole pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the sausages over a medium heat for 7-8 minutes, until well browned. Remove from the pan and set to one side.

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Step 2

Wipe the pan and give it another spray with low calorie cooking spray.

Step 3

Add the carrots and onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes, over a medium heat.

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Step 4

Add the garlic, sage and mustard powder and stir well.

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Step 5

Pour in the stock and cider vinegar, then stir in the chopped apple and lentils.

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Step 6

Increase the heat and bring to the boil.

Step 7

Return the sausages to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low.

Step 8

Cover and allow to simmer for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 9

After 35 minutes, the lentils should be tender and there should be a little stock left. Add a touch more water if desired.

Step 10

Add the cheese to the pan and stir until it has melted. Taste and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

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Step 11

Divide between 6 bowls and serve with some pickled beetroot and red cabbage or some crusty bread for mopping up the lentils.

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How do you know when these Sausages with Creamy Lentils are cooked?

You should cook this Sausages with Creamy Lentils dish for around 35 minutes or until the lentils are tender and there’s only a little stock left.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Sausages with Creamy Lentils in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Sausages with Creamy Lentils in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Sausages with Creamy Lentils?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Cool quickly and freeze in individual portions as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Sausages with Creamy Lentils?

From chilled: Reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes and then stir and heat again for another 2-3 minutes or until piping hot throughout.

From frozen: Defrost thoroughly and then reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Stir and then heat again for another 2-3 minutes or until piping hot throughout.

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Sausages with Creamy Lentils

This Sausages with Creamy Lentils recipe is a hearty, one pot casserole that's perfect if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    50 MINS
  • KCals 394
  • Carbs 41G
WW Points
  • 9 Green
  • 5 Blue
  • 5 Purple

Ingredients

  • 12 low fat pork sausages
  • 300 g dried green lentils rinsed
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 eating apple peeled and cut into dice
  • 2 chicken stock cubes made up with 1.2 litres / 5 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar if needed)
  • 120 g reduced fat, spreadable cheese

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Instructions

  1. Spray the casserole pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the sausages over a medium heat for 7-8 minutes, until well browned. Remove from the pan and set to one side.
  2. Wipe the pan and give it another spray with low calorie cooking spray.
  3. Add the carrots and onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes, over a medium heat.
  4. Add the garlic, sage and mustard powder and stir well.
  5. Pour in the stock and cider vinegar, then stir in the chopped apple and lentils.
  6. Increase the heat and bring to the boil.
  7. Return the sausages to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  8. Cover and allow to simmer for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. After 35 minutes, the lentils should be tender, and there should be a little stock left. Add a touch more water if desired.
  10. Add the cheese to the pan and stir until it has melted. Taste and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  11. Divide between 6 bowls and serve with some pickled beetroot and red cabbage or some crusty bread for mopping up the lentils.

Recipe notes

No cider vinegar?  Just use white wine vinegar instead!

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KittyTuesday 16th June 2020

I don’t have a casserole dish. Could I use an ordinary large saucepan with a lid?

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    SharonTuesday 16th June 2020

    Hi Kitty, yes, using a large saucepan with a tight fitting lid would be fine. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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MoiraThursday 26th March 2020

I’m self-isolating, could I use red lentils and plain yoghurt instead of green and cheese? Thanks

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    Sharon FitzpatrickMonday 11th May 2020

    Hi Moira, thanks for getting in touch. Yes , you can use red lentils instead of green ones, and plain yogurt instead of the cheese should be fine. Just make sure that you stir in the yogurt just before serving, when the dish is off the heat to avoid curdling. Hope this helps and hope you enjoy this recipe.

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Helen TaylorWednesday 4th March 2020

I just use ready cooked lentils from a pouch so your recipes from here are a LOT quicker to cook – they just go in near the end.

Great site, have the books!

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    LisaWednesday 6th May 2020

    Thank you Helen. Ready cooked lentils are a great option if you are short on time.

    Reply

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