Italian Lentil and Sausage Slow Cooker Stew

Total Time
7 hr 25 min
20 min
7 hr 5 min
We tame broccoli rabe's sophisticated, slightly bitter flavor with a long cooking time.


olive oil

2 tsp

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

uncooked onion(s)

1 small, chopped

dried shiitake mushroom(s)

1 cup(s), caps, sliced

dry lentils

1 cup(s), washed and picked over

bay leaf

2 leaf/leaves

cooked spinach (salted)

3 cup(s), coarsely chopped

cooked chicken sausage(s)

12 oz, spicy, sliced into 1/2 inch-thick pieces

fat free chicken broth

3 cup(s)

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp


  1. Heat oil in medium skillet. Add garlic, onion and mushrooms; sauté until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Place vegetables in 3- to 4-quart slow cooker; add lentils, bay leaves, broccoli rabe, sausage, broth, salt and pepper in order listed.
  2. Cover slow cooker and cook on low setting for 7 hours; remove bay leaves and stir well before serving. Yields about 1 3/4 cups per serving (including some cooking liquid).


For an even milder flavor, substitute regular broccoli for half the broccoli rabe and consider using a mild Italian sausage instead of a spicy one.

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