Ready In: 1 hr 20 mins
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Yields: 8 Servings
Saffron Yogurt Cream
Combine lentils and 4 cups water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 17 to 20 minutes or until softened; drain lentils and set aside.
Carefully wipe out saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Add sausage to saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until browned. Lower heat to medium and add olive oil, onions, and garlic to pot and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in acorn squash and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and bay leaf; bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes.
Add 2 cups stock, kale and salt and pepper to taste. Add additional stock by the 1/2 cupful for a thinner consistency, if desired. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook for about 15 minutes. Stir reserved lentils into saucepan and cook over low heat for 5 minutes to warm through.
Meanwhile, place saffron in a medium-size bowl and add boiling water; steep for 5 minutes. Stir yogurt and salt into saffron mixture. Top each serving of stew with a dollop of the saffron yogurt cream.