Saucisses aux Lentilles Vertes du Puy – French Recipe

The green lentils of the Puy area have many nicknames: green pearls, poor man’s caviar and le caviar végétal. No matter what you decide to call them, these small gems are worth seeking out.

Lentilles vertes du Puy are unique. They only grow in the area surrounding the town of Puy-en-Velay which has a unique microclimate that allows them to thrive.

And thrive they have … for over 2000 years, even before the Romans, the lentil has been cultivated here.

Lentil recipes have exploded the past few years as people learn to appreciate this nutrient rich legume. But two classics in French cuisine are lentils and sausage, and salmon with lentils.

1 – Sausage and Lentils French Recipe Ingredients

Today, we’ll be trying Saucisses aux lentilles vertes du Puy – Sausage and lentils, et voilà:

  1. 1 lb. sausages, like kielbasa, chicken sausages
  2. 1 onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  4. 1 red pepper, sliced
  5. 1 cup green Lentilles du Puy
  6. 1-1/3 cups vegetable (or chicken) broth
  7. olive oil

2 – Cooking Sausage and Lentils

1. In a dutch oven, heat some olive oil. When it is hot, add the sausages and brown.

2. Remove the sausage from the pot, add a bit more olive oil. Sauté the chopped onion, garlic and red pepper until the veggies are soft.

3. Pour in the broth. Add the lentils and the sausage. Bring to a boil.

4. Reduce the heat and cook about 20 minutes or until the lentils are done.

Serve hot. Makes 4 servings.

Bon appétit !


Debra Fioritto is a winner of the 2006 Culinary Trust's Julia Child Endowment Fund Scholarship and specialises in culinary travel and tours to France. She is an expert in the history, legend and lore of French cuisine and has eaten her way through most of the regions of France.

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