El Diablo Sausage and Lentil Stew
Courtesy of Joseph T. Bonanno Jr.
1 tablespoon olive oil
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Pierce the sausage casings with a fork and add to the pot. Cook until they are browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove the sausages from the pot and drain off all but about 1 tablespoon of the fat. Cut the sausages into ¼-inch slices and return to the pot. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often until the onion softens. Add the chicken broth, water and lentils. Stir, then bring to a boil. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and spices. Increase the heat to return the pot to a boil, stirring often. Reduce again to low and simmer about 20 minutes until the lentils are tender.
Put out a bottle of your favorite hot pepper sauce to spice things up even more.