Valley Fig Growers

Herbed Lentils with California Figs and Sausage

Makes 4 to 6 servings (about 8 cups).


  • 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun Maid California Figs
  • 1 cup lentils, picked over and rinsed 
  • 3 cups water 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 bay leaf (optional) 
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1/2 to 1 pound lean Italian chicken or turkey sausage links (raw or precooked) 
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped 
  • 4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary (1 1/2 teaspoons dried) 
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or pressed 
  • 1 can (14 1/2-ounce) diced tomatoes, drained 
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine 
  • Chopped Italian parsley 


  1. Remove stems from figs and slice in half; reserve. In large saucepan, combine lentils, water, 1 teaspoon salt and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until lentils are tender but still hold their shape.  Drain lentils, remove and discard bay leaf and set aside. While lentils cook, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in large skillet over low to medium heat. Add sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until browned (and cooked through if using raw sausage). Remove to cutting board, cool slightly and cut into slices; reserve. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to skillet along with onion, carrot, rosemary and garlic. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Add figs, drained tomatoes and wine. Bring to a simmer and cook until most of liquid evaporates, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes.  Add sliced sausage and lentils.  Cook and stir until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired.  Sprinkle with parsley. Serve warm. 

Photography David Campbell

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

Calories 297
% Calories from Fat 18%
Fat 6g
Cholesterol 29mg
Protein 16g
Carbohydrates 44g
Fiber 12g
Iron 5mg
Sodium 753mg
Calcium 82mg