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One Skillet Sausage, Lentil, and Veggie Supper 1

This meal is the perfect thing to make when you haven’t been shopping in a while and there are just a few lonely veggies in your fridge. Feel free to swap out just about anything – the type of sausage, veggies, and lentils – for whatever you have on hand.

Like most meals that come together unplanned and somewhat haphazardly, this meal turned out to be a real winner. It was perfect comfort food with its heartiness and smoky flavor…to me, it tasted like campfire food.

And since it’s an easy, one skillet meal, I think it would turn out great cooked on a campfire! Even though I haven’t been camping in what feels like forever (and I have no intention of going anytime soon unless there is a full kitchen and bathroom involved and no tents in sight, lol!), with this supper it was easy to imagine I was camping. Well, that and the s’mores we made under the broiler for dessert. :)

One Skillet Sausage, Lentil, and Veggie Supper 2

One Skillet Sausage, Lentil, and Veggie Supper
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Yield: 4 to 6 servings
It doesn't get any easier than this hearty, healthy one skillet supper! Its smoky flavor makes it perfect campfire food.
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 14-16 oz fully-cooked smoked beef, turkey, or chicken sausage, sliced
  • 4 medium-large carrots, chopped
  • 3 large stalks celery (including leafy green tops), chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 oz tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (15 oz) can brown lentils, rinsed and drained (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, chives, etc.), for garnish (optional)
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat; add the sausage and brown, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a bowl and set aside for now.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium-high and add the carrot, celery, and onion; cook until just starting to brown, about 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomato, garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, paprika, cumin, oregano, bay leaf, salt, black pepper, and water.
  3. Bring up to a boil, then cover the skillet and turn the heat down to a simmer; cook until the veggies are tender, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the lentils and sausage, cover the skillet, and cook 5 to 10 minutes to heat through and let the flavors blend.
  5. Turn off heat and add lemon juice, then taste and season with additional salt and black pepper as desired.
  6. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs if desired.
Canned Lentils: Instead of canned lentils, you could use ⅔ cup dried brown lentils if you prefer. To prepare the lentils, sort through them to remove any small stones or pieces of dirt, and then rinse with cold water in a colander. Bring the rinsed lentils and 3 cups of water (or low-sodium broth) up to a boil (don’t add salt because it can toughen the lentils). Cover the pot, turn the heat down to a simmer, and cook for 20 to 30 minutes (adding more water as necessary) until the lentils are tender but not mushy; strain and use them the same way you'd use canned lentils.

To Reheat: Add a splash of water, cover the skillet, and bring it to a gentle simmer on the stovetop or on the campfire.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. I haven’t camped for years! But I do like the lentil-sausage combination. I also like the new look of your blog, Faith. I haven’t visited for a week, and was pleasantly surprised with your updates!

  2. You camp like I do…my oldest always tells people that his moms idea of roughing it is when she takes here chances that the hotel already has bath salts :)
    This is a great one skillet dish and easy to go veggie or vegan with…love the photo as well :)

  3. I know this dish would be very popular in our home! What a wonderful combination of ingredients.

  4. Faith…all I can say is…when you got it…you just got it running in your ‘Foodie’ veins.
    Great food always comes together when a little heart and soul goes into it…tent or no tent.

    Flavourful wishes,

  5. While I’ve never and probably won’t ever go camping in the future, this looks like a tasty little number to whip up on a busy weekday at home all the same! There are plenty of surprisingly satisfying vegan sausages on the market these days, so it would be nice opportunity to splurge a bit and buy the good ones. Considering the leaning tower of dish I still need to clean from all of my recipe development/food styling/photography, a one pot meal sounds especially appealing!

  6. We love lentil dishes, and this is one I’ll definitely try. It looks delicious!

  7. Love this simple, easy ans healthy spread, Faith! And lentils in it makes it more sumptuous and filling.

  8. This sounds delicious and oh so comforting! Which is a good thing, because if I was camping outside in a tent with no bathroom, I would DEFINITELY need some comforting LOL!

  9. Ooops….looks like my comment kept disappearing. Love your dish…healthy and delicious. Would be my meal in a bowl :D

  10. Oh gosh, you had me at the word “sausage”, Faith (one of my favorite foods!). I love how versatile this dish is, and how it’s so easy to create a balanced one skillet meal, even if you swap out the bean, or the veggie, or the meat/protein. I’m impressed that you threw this together with no planning!

    Also, camping without a tent? Lol! I guess that would just be … staying in a rustic hotel? ;)

  11. Me likey, defo a meal I could feast on often. One pot cooking is the business. I’ve been known to eat straight outta the pot too. Lol

  12. Faith, your one skillet meal is a winner – healthy, delicious and minimal clean-up! Some of my best meals have been thrown together with what I have on hand. Unfortunately, I’m not prepared to photograph them as beautifully as you’ve done here! I’m totally with you on the camping :)

  13. I’ll go camping if I can get room service, lol!
    Seriously, I love a hearty one pot dish like this one but I think I’ll enjoy it at home and leave the camping to others;-)

  14. One pot! love that for doing the dishes. This looks very hearty and comforting by the campfire and tent…but like me I would turn in to a hotel room after hi hi. Lentils are a perfect food indeed

  15. I made a spontaneous one-pot meal tonight too, though yours is much more refined. I love the sound of the sausage with the lentils! Yuuum.

  16. what a great comforting food! I agree, lentils are saver food grocerie-depleted kitchen! :)

  17. Fiber packed and simple…that’s my kind of meal! :) Gorgeous photos, Faith!

  18. I prefer to imagine I’m camping too! This is hearty and delicious looking – I love your camping dishes!

  19. This is exactly what I want for dinner tonight, Faith. :-) I did make lentil soup – trying to use up all my pantry staples before I leave – but didn’t have a bit of sausage!! I shall have to remedy that. :-)

  20. I’d love to make this and just PRETEND I was camping. :) I love lentils and sausage together anyway- they’re comfort food for sure.

  21. This looks wonderful, and I love recipes like this that are so versatile! And using one pot is definitely a plus! :) I haven’t been camping in a long time. The last time we went we simply weren’t prepared enough. I was totally eaten up by mosquitos and didn’t have any bug spray. An incredibly kind lady took pity on me and gave me some spray. We also didn’t bring nearly enough food. We were walking all day and were ravenous, but neither one of thought we’d be hungry while camping because we’d be relaxing and stuff. We sure were wrong. Some incredibly kind boy scouts invited us to dinner almost every night and saved us from being totally ravenous every day. There sure are so many kind people in this world! Anyway, I hear ya on wanting a full bathroom and kitchen when camping! :)

  22. I don’t do camping but would love to enjoy this dish though! It looks so good and so easy too!

  23. I love that you combined all the delicious and healthy ingredients in one skillet! This looks beautiful and so tasty.

  24. I love how versatile this is and how you can adapt to what you have on hand. I need to raid my pantry and make this soon.

  25. Aren’t lentils wonderful? This would be perfect near a campfire. And I love the blue bowls too! Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a wonderful week, full of love, good food, and laughter. Hugs from Austin!

  26. Faith it is so true that some of the best meals ever are the ones that take minimal effort and are unplanned. This one pot dish looks wonderful & I would enjoy it as a breakfast too.

  27. I haven’t cooked a meal over a campfire since I was a Girl Scout leader!! (except for smores, they don’t count) But I’m sure loving this. You sure know how to pack flavor into a one pan dish, Faith!

  28. mmmm. What is it about randomly thrown together meals that makes them so good? And Smores under the broiler? I must try this!!

  29. The kind of dish I could eat on a weekly basis. Delicious!



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