Michelle's FreeFrom Sausage and Puy Lentil Casserole

Soya, nightshade, dairy, egg & nut free; can be wheat, gluten and corn free

This is a real winter hot pot - and tastes better if cooked ahead of time, left to mature and reheated 24 hours later.
You can use any variety of sausage that you can eat, provided they are large! We used gluten-free lamb sausages, which were delicious, but you could also use pork, beef or chicken sausages.

3 tbsp olive oil
12 small red onions, peeled but left whole
4 sticks celery, sliced
3 large carrots, scrubbed and cut in thick rounds
12 large sausages of your choice, depending on what you can eat
250g / 9oz Puy lentils
2 springs of fresh or 2 tsp of an appropriate dried herb - we used lamb sausages so used rosemary, but you could also use thyme, parsley, bay leaf or a herb of your choice
450ml / 16fl oz red wine
500ml / 17fl oz wheat and gluten free stock
350g / 12oz Brussels sprouts, trimmed
200g / 7oz curly kale, chopped and with the tough stalks removed
1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch) or arrowroot
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan or casserole and add the onions, celery and carrots. Fry them gently for 6-8 minutes or until the celery is just starting to soften slightly.
Add the sausages, lentils, herbs, red wine and 450ml / 16fl oz of the stock. Bring back to the boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer gently for 45 minutes.
Add the sprouts and cook for a further 10 minutes, then add the kale and cook for another 10 minutes.
Remove the stalks if you have used fresh herbs on stalks.
Mix the cornflour (cornstarch) or arrowroot with the remaining stock and add to the pot - mix well.
Continue to simmer for a further 5 minutes or until the juices have thickened slightly and then season to taste.
Serve with extra vegetables or a green salad.

Serves 6 - per portion
609cals - 28g protein
32g total fat - 10g sat / 15g mono / 4g poly
44g carbohydrate of which 12g sugar
10g fibre - 995mg sodium / 2.5g salt
157mg calcium

Good Source of: Vitamin B6, B12, C, calcium, folic acid & magnesium

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