Slow Cooker Lentil and Spicy Sausage Stew



The most flavorful stews you'll have this season! It doesn't look like much but the flavors are UNREAL!! All made in the slow cooker :)

When I go to The Container Store, I just want to say, “take all my money.” It’s seriously Target’s evil twin sister. Every time I walk in either of these stores, I just want to buy all the things, but The Container Store brings out this OCD need in me and makes me feel like my house is completely filthy because it’s not contained and organized into containers and racks. Oh, and their custom closets? Gahhhh. If I won the lottery, I’d probably hire someone from The Container Store to custom redo my closets and re-organize my house.

I wanted all these baskets and containers but I was like, ok, in reality, where would these go in our house and do we realllly need these? The Container Store is a dangerous place to be sometimes!

The most flavorful stews you'll have this season! It doesn't look like much but the flavors are UNREAL!! You need this on your dinner table ASAP!


The most flavorful stews you'll have this season! It doesn't look like much but the flavors are UNREAL!! You need this on your dinner table ASAP!

One of my good friends gave me this recipe and she called it the ‘panty/boxer dropper’ and I wasn’t about to title the recipe that and get flagged for having an adult website, haha. I thought I’d mention it though because while this doesn’t look like much, it has got SO MUCH FLAVOR and it’ll be one of the best things you eat this season. I honestly was skeptical because the ingredient list didn’t sound all that enticing and after I had it cooking for a couple hours, the smell was outrageous. I tried a spoonful and I think my eyes rolled to the back of my head and I let out a groan. It was the best effing slow cooker dish I’ve had in a while. Holy yum.

The spicy pork sausage is definitely what gives this dish a lot of flavor so I definitely wouldn’t omit that (sorry vegetarians!). This is even better the next day, too. Leftovers were something we were looking forward to. Ahh, you have to make this slow cooker lentil and spicy sausage stew to see what I’m talking about!!

The most flavorful stews you'll have this season! It doesn't look like much but the flavors are UNREAL!! You need this on your dinner table ASAP!


Slow Cooker Lentil and Spicy Sausage Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins

The most flavorful stews you'll have this season - all made in the slow cooker!

Servings: 6
  • 1/2 pound hot pork sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cups sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 pound bag of lentils, rinsed
  • 3 3/4 cups chicken stock + more if needed
  • 3 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Add pork sausage to a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the sausage and break it up into pieces with your spatula or wooden spoon. Add the onion and cook until just softened (you don't need to cook fully).
  2. Remove from heat add to your slow cooker.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, celery, lentils, and chicken stock to the slow cooker. Stir to mix.
  4. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  5. Stir in the spinach leaves and wilt them. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. If your stew is thick and you want to thin it out, add a little more chicken stock to it until you get the desired consistency.
  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.



Posted on November 17, 2014

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 11/17/2014 at 8:10 am

    I actually made lentils last night. Love ’em!! Great healthy dish :)

  2. 11/17/2014 at 8:23 am

    Great meal for a cold day!

  3. 11/17/2014 at 8:25 am

    Lentil Soup is one of my favorites!! Love the flavors here! Mmm!

  4. 11/17/2014 at 8:42 am

    I am all over this!! Love a good healthy twist on cozy, comfort foods!

  5. 11/17/2014 at 8:46 am

    Made in a slow cooker and has a ton of flavor – that sounds like a winner recipe to me! It needs to happen soon! Pinned!

  6. 11/17/2014 at 9:10 am

    This sounds great – the perfect dish for a cold day with just the right amount of heat!

  7. 11/17/2014 at 10:05 am

    I love that you called the container store Target’s evil twin sister! Agreed.

    And this slow cooker lentil stew looks awesome. I love that it’s a slow cooker recipe!

  8. 11/17/2014 at 10:20 am

    The Container Store is an OCD persons mecca. Love it! And this stew, totally actioning it!

  9. 11/17/2014 at 10:49 am

    How insanely delicious does this look? Wow!

  10. 11/17/2014 at 11:00 am

    Mmmm .. could there be anything more comforting on a cold day?!?!

  11. 11/17/2014 at 12:08 pm

    Looks great! I am trying to use my crock pot more this winter so I will give this a try. Yes. I love the container store also. I just converted my shoes to their clear boxes and I LOVE it!

  12. 11/17/2014 at 12:10 pm

    I love dishes like this! Lentils are a personal favorite and I love that there is spicy pork sausage all through this dish…putting on my dinner list ASAP!

  13. 11/17/2014 at 2:58 pm

    I am the exact same way in the container store! I am an organizational freak! Also, love the “original” name for this recipe…hilarious!!

  14. 11/17/2014 at 4:56 pm

    This is such a great cold weather dish! So comforting, love it!

  15. 11/17/2014 at 6:08 pm

    Julie, you’ve totally changed my perspective about lentil. I think this one needs to be on my menu this week. Yum!

  16. 11/17/2014 at 6:30 pm

    I have GOT to get out my slow cooker!!! This looks absolutely wonderful!

  17. 11/17/2014 at 6:41 pm

    A custom closet store would be a bad thing for me. I love bins and baskets too so I should probably be glad that there isn’t a container store nearby, huh? ;) LOVE the flavors in this stew and obviously love it even more for the slow cooker!

  18. 11/17/2014 at 8:02 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! It sounds delicious! I’ve never cooked lentils before but have wanted to.

  19. 11/17/2014 at 8:07 pm

    YUM!!! This is perfect cold weather food!

  20. 11/19/2014 at 7:26 pm

    Perfect comfort food for this time of year.

  21. 11/21/2014 at 8:55 pm

    This looks like my kind of dinner! Lentils are a winter staple and you can’t go wrong with an easy slower cooker meal. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Kat
    11/22/2014 at 11:26 am

    What kind of spicy pork sausage do you recommend using? Italian? Andouille? Chorizo? This looks so good by the way, and my boyfriend loves lentil stew so I’ll definitely be making this!

    • Julie
      11/22/2014 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Kat, I just bought regular spicy pork sausage. I bought it at Wegmans and it just came like how the Jimmy Dean sausages come (in that thick log shape with staples at the 2 ends) and it said “spicy pork sausage” on it.

  23. Ryan
    11/23/2014 at 10:38 pm

    I made this tonight…it was FANTASTIC! Perfect on a cold Wyoming night. I used chorizo and it turned out great. Next time I will probably use spicy sausage, just for texture. The chorizo crumbled a little bit too fine for me (I like bigger chunks of meat in my stew).

    I will definitely be making this again, thanks Julie!

    • Julie
      11/24/2014 at 7:49 am

      Awesome!! So glad you enjoyed it :) I love this stew!

  24. 12/01/2014 at 9:58 am

    This is one stew even my fiance might like! As long as it’s spicy :) Do you serve it alone, or with rice/pasta?

    • Julie
      12/02/2014 at 7:55 am

      I serve it alone

  25. nancy faith
    12/02/2014 at 10:14 pm

    I do not like sweet potatoes… may I ask if reg white potatoes be substituted? Thank you.

    • Julie
      12/03/2014 at 9:22 am

      Sure, regular potatoes can be substituted!

  26. Claudia
    01/09/2015 at 9:03 pm

    Hi! 2 Questions:
    1. Can I use sweet sausage? (have it in the freezer already)
    2. Can I cook on LOW for longer?


    • Julie
      01/10/2015 at 8:35 am

      Hi, 1. sure, but can’t guarantee the taste of the overall dish and 2. yup, you can cook it on low for 5-6 hours.

  27. Jane
    02/25/2015 at 7:08 pm

    Can I use navy beans instead of lentils?

    • Julie
      02/26/2015 at 7:44 am

      I’ve never tried it that way but it’d probably work!

  28. Christina
    03/09/2015 at 11:03 am

    Made this yesterday in a slow cooker (on low for 9 hours instead of high for 4). Turned out with tons of flavor–so delicious! I also added some fresh rosemary and thyme I had on hand and it was a great touch. Thanks for sharing this winner!

  29. Connie Tebbe
    08/15/2015 at 6:31 pm

    I made this, eating it right now as I type. Its absolutely perfect, just like in the picture. I made it exactly word for word. The spicy sausage with the sweet potato….O…M…G.

  30. Lisa B
    12/24/2015 at 9:11 am

    Prep time 10 mins??? Lol. Do you buy your food pre-chopped?!!! It’s in process. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    • Julie
      12/24/2015 at 6:54 pm

      Haha, no, I just chop pretty fast :) but hope you enjoy regardless!

  31. Cary R.
    01/01/2016 at 12:45 pm

    I noticed there’s a difference between the Pinterest site and your blog on the amount of lentils. Is it one 2-lb bag or 1/2 (0.5) lb? Thanks!

    • Julie
      01/01/2016 at 1:25 pm

      It’s 1/2 pound bag. Just for future knowledge, Pinterest is just an aggregation site and they’re usually highly inaccurate when it comes to recipes. You should always come to the original source for the right amounts in recipes! :)

      • Cary R.
        01/01/2016 at 1:59 pm

        So glad I asked!! Can you imagine the disaster if I dumped 2 lbs of lentils into this?!

      • Julie
        01/01/2016 at 3:21 pm

        Haha, oh gosh, that would’ve been overflowing! I’m glad you asked too :) I hope you enjoy!

  32. Nicole Pittaluga
    01/20/2016 at 8:50 pm

    If I’m making ahead for freezer meal exchange, should I brown sausage and onion, let cool and then combine ingredients in freezer bag? I was thinking of giving each person a carton of chicken stock on the side instead of putting in freezer bag. What do you think?

    • Julie
      01/21/2016 at 10:06 pm

      Yes, I would definitely let cool and then combine in a freezer bag. What a great idea!

  33. kip
    01/05/2017 at 7:58 am

    looks wonderful! I just made a lentil and black eyed pea stew in my crockpot.left on low for over ten hours and lentils were still crunchy…is there a trick or process to getting lentils soft? thanks!

    • Julie
      01/06/2017 at 7:44 am

      over 10 hours and the lentils were still crunchy? wow! to be honest, i’m surprised by this because that really shouldn’t happen. when i made my lentils, by hour 4, my lentils almost couldn’t hold its own shape and about to turn to mush. i would say maybe for you, soak your lentils overnight and then cook them.

  34. Elyse
    06/10/2017 at 1:56 pm

    I made this a few weeks back and forgot to comment— but it was really really delicious! I totally neglected to drain the browned sausage and it ended up a bit greasy, but still really great (perhaps even tastier because of that reason, haha, oops!). I also cooked mine longer and on low (about 7 hours). Turned out perfect!

    • Julie
      06/11/2017 at 11:03 am

      Awesome!! Thanks for the feedback!

  35. Mary
    09/08/2017 at 7:33 pm


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