Sausage & Lentil Casserole with Cavolo Nero

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Sausage & Lentil Casserole with Cavolo Nero

With Bonfire Night around the corner and UK Sausage Week starting next week as well, I thought I would share with you one of my favourite sausage casseroles. This Sausage & Lentil Casserole with Cavolo Nero is a proper family favourite which is full to the brim with the good stuff.

I won’t lie, my kids do play “hook a duck” with cavolo nero which then ends up on the side of their plates. However, with the amount of other veg in this casserole and lentils,  which they love, I still feel pretty smug when they polish their plates clean.

If you happen to follow my blog, you must know by now that I like using odds and sods from my fridge and cupboards to make our family meals. I love turning ingredients which would otherwise end up in the bin into something delicious. That’s how I started using up broccoli stalks and now they are my staple when it comes to soups, stews and casseroles as much as onions, carrots and celery are for most people. If you have never tried them, do give them a go. You won’t know they are there but they will bulk up your dish with goodness for sure.

Sausage & Lentil Casserole with Cavolo Nero

Cavolo Nero is a wonderful, dark green, leafy cabbage-like veg from Tuscany. It can be easily substituted with kale or even shredded cabbage, whichever you prefer or can get your hands on. I usually take the leaves off the woody stalk which I then tend to add (finely chopped) just as I do my broccoli stalks to other stews, soups or casseroles. In fact you can use it in this stew as well and throw it in at the beginning with all the other veg. I used mine in different dish on this occasion.

Another little tip I got for you today would be to NEVER throw away the rind from your parmesan cheese. I keep a small bag full of them in the fridge, ready to use in my cooking (they keep really well for  months but you can also freeze them). If you have one saved, throw it in this casserole when adding the stock for some extra flavour. This clever flavour enhancer can be added to any soup, stew casserole, and risotto. Don’t forget to fish it out before serving though. 🙂

Sausage & Lentil Casserole with Cavolo Nero

Parmesan Cheese rinds – perfect flavour enhancer for soups, stews and casseroles

If you like this recipe take a look at my One Pot Smoked Sausage Jambalaya or Easy Prawn & Chorizo Paella or Mini Pork Meatloaves with Courgette which are hugely popular in our house as well!

Sausage & Lentil Casserole with Cavolo Nero



Sausage & Lentil Casserole with Cavolo Nero

Yield: 4 servings

Sausage & Lentil Casserole with Cavolo Nero


  • 2 slices smoked back bacon (roughly chopped)
  • 6-8 pork sausages
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 celery stick (chopped)
  • 1 or 2 broccoli leftover broccoli stalks (if you have any) (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 300g green lentils (well rinsed in cold water)
  • 1 ltr hot chicken or vegetable stock (from cube is fine)
  • 250g passata
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 200g cavolo nero or standard kale
  • fresh parsley
  • oli, salt, pepper


  1. Finely chop your veggies in a food processor or by hand and put to one side.
  2. Take cavolo nero leaves off the stalks and roughly chop/slice.
  3. Heat tablespoon of oil in a heavy duty casserole pot and fry chopped bacon pieces and sausages until nice and brown. Take sausages out onto a plate.
  4. Add all your chopped veggies to the bacon and fry, stirring frequently until they start to soften, approx 5 min.
  5. Add lentils, thyme, vinegar, passata and stock and stir well. Season to taste. Add sausages and cavolo nero or kale.
  6. Bring to boil and simmer, covered until lentils are tender (approx 45 min) stirring occasionally. You might have to add splash of water if they get too dry.
  7. Serve sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley and some crusty bread.
  8. Enjoy!

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Sausage & Lentil Casserole with Cavolo Nero

I’m linking my Sausage & Lentil Casserole with Cavolo Nero with the following pages:

Cook Blog Share hosted this week by Jacqui from Recipes Made Easy and by Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes

Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Corina at Searching for Spice

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Recipe of the Week hosted by Emily at A Mummy Too

Simple and in Season hosted by Katie at Feeding Boys



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  • Reply Corina Blum

    I think lentils and sausages were just made for each other. This is a lovely dish and it has also reminded me that it is quite a while since I made a lentil dish. I know I’ve got a couple of packets at the back of the cupboard so I really should dig them out soon and make something. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice! x

    October 25, 2017 at 3:01 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Corina! I totally agree, lentils and sausages are marriage made in heaven, such comforting earthy flavours, perfect for this time of year too. x

      October 26, 2017 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Naomi

    This looks lush, I will have to try it! #BrillBlogPosts

    October 26, 2017 at 9:09 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Aw, thank you Naomi! I hope you like it. 🙂

      October 26, 2017 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Jacqui

    Oh I do love a sausage and lentil casserole made one only this week. The idea of adding some cavalo nero is a good one Jo will definitely have to try your version. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare
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    October 26, 2017 at 10:35 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jacqui! I really love this casserole and thought it was high time to make it as it has been a while. Cavolo nero goes so well in it! x

      October 26, 2017 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Katie Bryson

    This looks totally ideal for a Bonfire Night Banger recipe to warm everyone up after the fireworks – super tasty! Thanks so much for pitching in for this month’s round of Simple and in Season xxx
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    November 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Katie! 🙂 It is a lovely warming recipe for sure plus sausages and lentils goes so well together too! xx

      November 2, 2017 at 7:21 pm

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