I followed this recipe to the "T" except 3 small changes: I used two mild Italian sausage in link-form that I seared/browned on the sides for about 10 minutes total (I didn't have ham), I used an ADDITIONAL 1/2 teaspoon of herbs de provance, and I did not use the tomato sauce. about 3 hours into the simmer (Ooops my crock pot is on steroids) I realized something was missing. I added a tablespoon (maybe a touch more) of white vinegar. AMAZING! I didn't want to open an entire can of sauce so I used the vinegar instead and it was fabulous! I also added about 2 tsp salt since I wasn't using ham and I used LOW SODIUM broth.
NOTES: at a simmer lentils are done in 3-4 hours BUT the beautiful flavors of this simple recipe are NOT ready for at least 8 hours. The 4 hour and 8 hour mark were substantially different, the best being 10 hours BUT the salt was too much, next time I will only add a teaspoon.
For the recipes that failed, maybe people just don't like lentils OR they did not use a heavily seasoned meat. You cannot use pork roast, or pot roast or hamburger etc, UNLESS you are going to heavily flavor that meat with spices and browning. This would be a completely bland recipe if one did not use ham, sausage, etc.
I am embarrassed to say I can't stop eating it!
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I followed this recipe to the "T" except 3 small changes: I used two mild Italian sausage in...