Slow Cooker Lentil Stew
This recipe is very flexible and adaptable. You can substitute any kind of sausage you like for the kielbasa; use any sort of stock or broth you prefer; and mix in different vegetables that you may want to use up.
1 medium onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 large carrots, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 link high-quality kielbasa, sliced into half-moons about 1/4 inch thick
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed and drained
5 beef bouillon cubes (or 2 tablespoons granulated bouillon)
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 1/2 tsp. dried
black pepper, to taste
3 cups water
3 cups stock, any kind you like (we just used our homemade chicken stock, and it was perfect)
1/2 cup white wine
Put the vegetables, kielbasa, and lentils into your slow cooker. Scatter the seasonings (bouillon through pepper) on top and pour the water, stock, and wine over everything. Stir briefly to combine. Cover and cook on Low for 8-10 hours.