Lentils with Sausages and Greens

This is a tasty and nutritious Italian peasant dish, also knows as ‘cotechino con lenticchie.’ It makes a hearty, loving lunch or dinner.

I used Field Roast apple sage sausages, freshly chopped beet greens and baby kale, and the secret ingredient to any lentil soup – celery! 

May your body and spirit be healed with one of my favorite comfort foods.


  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups green lentils, rinsed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 package vegan sausages, sliced
  • 1 package baby spinach or beet greens, chopped
  • Salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and coconut sugar to taste


In a large pot, add the garlic, lentils, and enough water to cover the lentils. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then turn the heat down to a simmer.

While the lentils are simmering (it will take about half an hour total to get them nice and tender), add the olive oil, celery, and crushed tomatoes to the pot, along with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and a bit of coconut sugar if the tomatoes are not sweet enough. Mix occasionally and add water as needed to make sure it’s not too dry. It should end up like a nice think stew.

When the lentils are tender, add in the sausages and greens and let them heat through, about 3-4 more minutes.

Serve hot on its own or with a chunk of fresh Italian bread.

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

2 responses to “Lentils with Sausages and Greens”

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    Instagram comment! @stepdynamicscoaching says: This looks so good!

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