• Cooking Time: 45
  • Servings: 5
  • Preparation Time: 30



  • 1 tb olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3 links fully cooked chicken sausage, sliced
  • 2T balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • pinch of dried basil
  • freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry lentils
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 5 oz fresh spinach, roughly chopped


  • Heat about 1T olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5-8 minutes, until softened.
  • Add 1T balsamic vinegar, garlic, chicken sausage, crushed red pepper, basil, salt and pepper and sauté 1-2 minutes more.
  • Add the lentils, canned tomatoes, and water, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Add spinach and cook 10 minutes more, until spinach is wilted and lentils are tender.
  • Stir in remaining 1T of balsamic vinegar, and serve.


Author Credit: Savory Spicy Sweet

Website Credit: http://lizscookingblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/balsamic-lentils-with-chicken-sausage.html

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