Braised lentils with red wine

Brrrrrr. Well I don’t know about where you are, but autumn has well and truly arrived in Edinburgh. The temperature has dropped, the mist is rolling in, the rain is lashing down and the jumpers are back on! So, it’s out with the salads and in with warming, comforting dishes.

Puy lentils are a big favourite of mine. Not only are they incredibly healthy (and very pretty!) but they make for a really robust meal, and can be combined with so many other things. This is my basic recipe for braised lentils, which goes perfectly served with sausages – particularly Toulouse or Tuscan ones if you can get them.

This recipe is very easy to adapt too – try slicing up a chunk of chorizo and frying it with the onions and carrot, then the lentils will soak up all of that deliciously smoky and spicy paprika oil to make a simple and tasty rustic stew. Serve that with a hunk of bread to mop up the juices – gorgeous!

Braised lentils with red wine – 245 calories (413 with 3 Good Little Sausages)

Puy lentils and sausages

Ingredients – serves 2

  • 100g Puy lentils (dry): 345 calories
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped: 25 calories
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped: 23 calories
  • 1 cube Dorot garlic: 5 calories
  • 75ml red wine: 51 calories
  • 1 Kallo vegetable stock cube, dissolved in 500ml water
  • 2 bay leaves: 2 calories
  • 4 sprays Frylight: 4 calories


  • Fry the onions and carrot for five minutes then add the garlic. Cook for another five minutes until vegetables are soft.
  • Add the dry lentils and stir until they’re fully mixed in, then add the red wine.
  • Let that simmer for a couple of minutes before adding the stock and the bay leaves.
  • Leave to simmer for 30-35 minutes, until lentils are soft. Remove bay leaves before serving.

PS If you’re having this on a feast day, I can recommend serving this with a big dollop of mash. If you’re fasting though, that would break the 500-calorie barrier so best just stick to the sausages!

PPS Once again, my photography skills let me down so this is someone else’s picture of Puy lentils and sausages. I can assure you that mine looked just like this though – and yours will too!