This dish is typical from the rural areas in Tuscany and I learned it from one of my neighbours when I lived there. Simple, heart-warming, the perfect dish to make when you’re snow bound in the middle of the mountains in Tuscany! What? You didn’t know it snowed in Tuscany?! You bet it does and it’s as gorgeous as the summer! The most amazing thing about it is I still picked my fresh herbs that resisted the snow. Truth is I didn’t use fresh tomatoes in winter, I canned my own in August, so if you do the same use your own tomato or use canned tomatoes. —Maria Teresa Jorge
dry green lentils
fresh thyme + 1 tsp chopped
fresh rosemary + 1 tsp chopped
large ripe tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and diced
Fill a pot with cold water and add the lentils, salt, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf. Cover, bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes. Drain and discard the herbs.
Cut the carrots in small dice.
Thinly mince the onion and the garlic, removing the green inner part of the garlic.
In a pan with some olive oil, fry the sausages until golden and crispy. Remove and allow to cool. Cut in slices.
Add the white wine to the pan, scrape the sausage residues and allow the alcohol to evaporate. Add some more olive oil, the red onion, the garlic, the carrots, the chopped thyme and rosemary, and stir until the onion is translucent. Add the tomatoes, some salt and freshly ground pepper, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Check if it needs some extra water and add. Continue to cook, stirring, until the mixture is reduced. Add the lentils and sausages, mix thoroughly and season well. Allow to simmer 5 more minutes to mix all the flavours.