Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins

Hearty, filling and flavorful. With the exception of baked goods, I use seasonings to taste. Please do experiment and spice this recipe to suit your own familys' preferences. The pepperoni I used is the dry, link style - not the pizza style slices. I also added some hot pepper sauce, dried basil leaf and a local "soul seasoning" blend that are not in the recipe. Add what tastes good to you! That's what cooking is all about.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil the lentils and bay leaf in broth and water, covered, 45 minutes, or until tender.
  2. While lentils cook, prepare the veggies and garlic.
  3. In a frying pan coated w/ non-stick cooking spray, brown the Italian sausage, then remove from pan to cool.
  4. Add olive oil to the pan and saute the onion, carrot and bell pepper until soft.
  5. Cut Italian sausage into 1/4" slices.
  6. Add sausage to veggie saute along w/ diced pepperoni to warm through.
  7. Add garlic and saute for one minute.
  8. When the lentils are done (or nearly done).
  9. Add the salsa, veggies and meat to the pot - stir, reduce heat to simmer and leave uncovered.
  10. Season w/ salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Reduce liquid to desired consistency.
  12. Taste and re-season as necessary.