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Italian Sausage and Lentils | One Pot Recipe

Italian Sausage and Lentils is a hearty and rustic recipe that comes together quickly. Simple yet elegant, this Italian recipe is a great one-pot meal that will fill you up without weighing you down.

Italian Sausage and Lentils on a white serving platter.

If you are looking for a simple, inexpensive, and healthy recipe, then this is it!

Italian Sausage and Lentils is tasty and fast recipe to make with only a couple minutes of prep time. Also, you can chop the veggies ahead and see how quickly this dish comes together.

Italian Sausage and Lentils on a white serving platter with bread.

I like to serve this dish with a loaf of crusty bread and a simple side salad. If you love simple and healthy Italian recipes, be sure to try Turkey Spinach Manicotti, or my lightened-up Italian Turkey Lasagna. And for a true classic Italian pasta, don’t miss my Anchovy Breadcrumb Pasta or my Sausage Kale Pasta!

What Lentils work best?

There are many varieties of lentils out there which are all distinguishable by their color: red, green, black, and many shades in between.

Lentils are a nutritious plant protein that are low in fat and high in protein, calcium, fiber, and other nutrients. They are great to cook with because they add bulk to dishes without extra fat.

For this recipe, I recommend using either black or brown lentils. Black lentils tend to be the most flavorful, however they are not easy to find. Brown lentils are the most commonly available lentil and you can always find them in the grocery store.

Plate of Italian Sausage and Lentils

Brown lentils will hold their shape without getting mushy. Save the red or yellow lentils for Indian dishes; they tend to work better there.

Italian Sausage and Lentils Recipe

This simple recipe is easy to put together and it a great one-pot dinner! That means less mess and you can serve right out of your dutch oven.

Firstly, heat some olive oil and brown the sausages. Browning the sausages gives them great texture and adds so much flavor to the pan. Here, you are not cooking them through, but instead just getting some color on them.

Sausages browned in a dutch oven skillet.

Then, remove the sausages from pot and add in the onions, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook just to soften the vegetables; about 5 minutes.

Then, add in the lentils and stir for about a minute in the vegetable mixture. Pour in the red wine, canned diced tomatoes, and broth, and sprinkle on the seasonings. I like to use vegetable broth for this recipe, but chicken broth works fine too.

Stew bubbling in dutch oven pot.

Bring the mixture to a low boil and reduce to simmer. Add the sausages back to the pot and press to cover with the broth. Place a lid on the pot and simmer on low for about 30 minutes, or until the lentils are al dente.

Cooked lentils and sausage in a blue dutch oven pot.

Lastly, remove the sausages from the pot and add in the chopped parsley.

Parsley stirred into the mixture.

To serve, spoon the lentils on to a large platter and place the sausages on top. Or, you can slice the sausages and mix them into the lentils.

overhead photo of a platter of lentils with Italian sausage on top.

I like to serve this dish with a side of crust Italian bread. Moreover, is a recipe that makes great leftovers and heats up great the next day. It’s ideal if you are looking for something that’s filling without being heavy.

More Easy Italian Meals

If you love simple Italian food, be sure to check out these quick and delicious recipes:

Italian Polenta Skillet

Pasta e Fagioli

Easy Eggplant Parmesan

Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce

Tortellini Primavera

Cheese and Beef Stuffed Shells

Hope you love all of these recipes. Be sure to comment if you try them. Enjoy!

Italian Sausage and Lentils on a white serving platter.
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5 from 6 votes

Italian Sausage and Lentils

Traditional Italian comfort food that's protein-packed and easy to make. No need to soak the lentils ahead of time. Use mild or spicy Italian sausage.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Lentils, Italian sausage
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 489kcal
Cost: 7-9


  • Dutch oven or large soup pot


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 links Italian sausage (mild or spicy)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups lentils (brown or green lentils)
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken broth)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped parsley


  • Heat olive oil in dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add in sausages and cook just until browned (they will not be cooked through at this point.) Remove sausages from pot and set aside.
    Sausages browned in a dutch oven skillet.
  • To the pot, add chopped onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lentils and red wine, and cook for a minute. Pour in the canned tomatoes, broth, oregano, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Add back in the sausages, pressing into the lentils. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until lentils are al dente, about 30 minutes.
    Cooked lentils and sausage in a blue dutch oven pot.
  • Remove cooked sausages from pot. Stir in parsley. Serve lentils in a bowl with a link of sausage on top.
    Plate of Italian Sausage and Lentils



This hearty dish makes great leftovers. The lentils hold up well and don’t get mushy. You can cut up the sausages and mix them in with the lentils if desired. 


Calories: 489kcal
Italian Sausage and Lentils
Recipe Rating

Paul Ferrario

Monday 29th of November 2021

Thanks for this great recipe. I grew up eating Lenticchie con salsiccia, but once Nonna passed, this recipe was forgotten, I’ve tried others, but this is by far the closest tasting to the one I remember.

Sara Welch

Friday 22nd of January 2021

Gave this a try for dinner last night, and it did not disappoint! Easily, a my new favorite dinner recipe; the whole family loved it!


Friday 22nd of January 2021

So happy you loved it!


Friday 22nd of January 2021

I've been trying to eat lentils more often lately and this recipe with Italian sausage was such a good combo!


Friday 22nd of January 2021

Sausage and lentils is the combo I don't cook very often but when I do - the flavors go through the roof. Love this recipe!


Friday 22nd of January 2021

I'm always looking for an easy, yet filling recipe and this one fit the bill perfectly! I ended up using Applegate chicken sausage to make it a little leaner, but it still turned out delicious.