I’m seriously jonesing for a trip, a hike, some camping, just something. Reading magazines about beautiful provincial and state parks is just whetting my tastebuds for a bit of time outdoors. I’m ready to hop on my bike, strap on a tent and a couple of panniers and take a weekend away on my bike. Maybe because the weather is getting nice again and the days are getting longer, I’m getting restless and tired of being tied to my computer. Gimme some adventure please!
This meal, however, isn’t an adventure. It’s a few shades of brown but it is delicious, homey, and satisfying. I use lentils du puy because they stay firm after they’re cooked which gives them great texture. The Italian sausage is spicy and the yogurt adds a voluptuous creaminess that mixed in with some rotini makes this very comforting and good. And while my head is thinking of trips and the good times ahead, right now my reality is closer to home. I’ve got taxes to do, deadlines that need to be met and some spring cleaning that needs tending to. So I’ll reign it in, take a few bike rides around the city for a break and keep dreaming for a bit longer.
Elsewhere: Got leftover rice? No worries! I’ve got some great ideas and a recipe for what you can do with your rice leftovers over at ReadyMade.
french lentils with sausage, yogurt & pasta
1 c french green lentils, rinsed
250 g rotini or any short pasta
2 hot italian sausages
1/2 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
broth, wine or water
3/4 c plain yogurt
salt & pepper, if necessary
1. Cook lentils in 3 cups of water in a lidded saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer over medium heat until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain.
2. In another pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
3. Meanwhile, remove sausage casings and crumble into a skillet over med-high heat. When the sausage starts turning brown, add in the onion and garlic and continue cooking until the sausage is cooked through and the onion and garlic is wilted and caramelized. If the sausage gets too dry, add in some broth, water or dry wine (red or white).
4. Add the lentils, pasta and yogurt into the sausage mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if necessary and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.