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Sausage and Lentil Skillet

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When I need a quick and easy dinner I always turn to my Sausage and Lentil recipe. This one-pan meal is a family favorite even our 2 picky eaters love it. With a simple ingredient list, I hope you’ll love this Sausage, Lentil, and Rice Skillet too.

Sausage, lentils and cheese

What makes the Sausage Lentil Skillet Recipe a quick and easy dinner?

When I’m trying new recipes I like to make sure that the meals are easy to make, have very few ingredients and if I can make it in one pan, that’s a bonus. This meal meets all of those requirements! This was also one of the first lentil recipes we tried as a family and I was surprised that our whole favorite loved it! This recipe calls for Italian sausage but you can mix it up by adding hot sausage, sage sausage or even ground beef or turkey. We always love to top ours with diced fresh tomatoes and cheese.

I’ve shared this recipe with almost all of my friends and to this day they send me messages letting me know that they still make it often and love it. I hope you enjoy this meal, it’s the perfect weekday dinner to add to your meal plan.

Sausage, Lentil and Rice Skillet Recipe

Sausage, Lentil and Rice Skillet

This is a fast and easy one-pan recipe for busy nights. Italian Sausage mixed with lentils and rice create a delicious and hearty meal that your whole family will love!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 212 kcal


  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry lentils
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 2/3 cups chicken broth
  • Shredded Mozarella or Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Salsa or diced fresh tomatoes


  • In a large saucepan brown the sausage until it is cooked through.
  • Add onion and green pepper, and saute until the onions are cooked.
  • Stir in the lentils, rice and chicken broth.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • We like to serve these with monterey jack cheese and fresh diced tomatoes or salsa


Calories: 212kcal
Keyword casserole, italian sausage, lentil, One Pan Meal
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    December 13, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    This was a big hit with my family! All the kids devoured it and said I need to make it again. 🙂 And I loved that it was easy and inexpensive! Definitely going on my regular recipes to make list!

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    5 stars
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