Convito’s Sausage and Lentil Stew With Sautéed Kale

Try this delicious winter dish, which is typical of Basilicata in the south of Italy. Nancy Brussat‘s blog is a great source of fabulous Italian recipes and great writing about her journeys in Italy and the beginnings of Convito.

A hearty red wine, like Gattinara by Travaglini, one of Convito’s favorites ($34), would be perfect with this dish, as one enjoys it by the fire.

Sausage and Lentil Stew With Sautéed Kale

serves 4

  • 1 cup lentils cooked in 1 1/2 cups water until al dente — set aside
  • 1 pound Italian sausage placed on a baking sheet with 1/2 cup chicken stock baked in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes — set aside
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces pancetta diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 3/4 cup diced carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup kale rinsed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


1. In a large sauté pan, add olive oil with pancetta and brown well — approximately 8 minutes.

2. Add garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Sauté for another 5 minutes until soft. Add rosemary and tomato paste. Stir into mixture.

3. Add red wine and reduce — approximately 3–5 minutes

4. While the wine is reducing, slice the browned sausage into diagonal 1/2-inch pieces.

5. Add reserved sausage and lentils to the mixture with 1 1/2 cups chicken stock. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

6. In a small sauté pan, sauté the kale in the olive oil over high heat for approximately 3 minutes.

7. Place the stew in bowls with a dab of sautéed kale on top

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Plaza del Lago
1515 Sheridan Road

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