This recipe is a tried and true favorite in our home. As someone who lives with a great cook of a husband, I tend to fear making just so-so meals. I'm working on both my skills and my fears, and this recipe is one that has helped me build confidence — it's always easy, impressive with guests, and totally satisfying. It's a Jamie Oliver recipe, so of course it's all those things and more.
We recommend mixing this up as desired with various types of sausage (turkey, veggie, whatever you like) and adding a bit more garlic, cinnamon and/or red chillies to taste. Every time we make it, it's just a little bit different, but oh-so delicious. Directions call for this to be served with a big side bowl of broccoli; we put our broccoli right on top of the sausage and lentils, so it's a one-dish meal.
This recipe is found in Jamie's Italy, but you can also find it on Jamie Oliver's website.
(Image: Jamie Oliver online)