Lentil Stew

To me lentil stew is a comfort food, it would be the perfect meal to have on a cold, rainy day….like today. At my house we always have a grain day during the week (we playfully call it “slop day”).  I either make garbanzo beans, chili, pork and beans, or lentils. Compared to other grains lentils are easy and quick to prepare, and they absorb all the flavors so well. With the other types of beans I have to prepare the crock pot the night before to let them cook overnight, that way when I rush home from my daughter’s swim class I just finish up mixing in all the other ingredients. Another great advantage I have when I make grains, is that I can freeze half of it after it is cooked, which is very helpful on hectic days (or lazy days).

For this recipe I only used half a bag of lentils, if you want to use the entire 2 cups, just double the rest of the ingredients.  You can also add bacon or pancetta, sausages, more ribs, it depends on how meaty you want it.  Just make sure you brown them first to get extra flavor. And that way you can also discard excess fat before adding the rest.

Lentil Stew

Lentil Stew

A Foodies’ Original Recipe
Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 cup raw lentils
1 tomato, diced
½ onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 small piece of pork rib
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ teaspoon oregano powder
¼ teaspoon cumin powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
5 cups of water or beef broth

Procedure:

  1. In a hot pan with olive oil, sauté the onions, garlic and carrots. Add the rib. Sauté for about 5 min over medium heat.
  2. Add the lentils and tomatoes, together with the oregano, cumin and paprika.  Season with salt and pepper. Let it cook for about 5 minutes more
  3. Add the liquid.
  4. Cover and let cook for about 40 min over medium heat.

Serve with rice.

Lentil Stew

Lentil Stew

Lentil Stew

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  1. Edith

    Tuesday September 7th, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    I just recently tried the lentil stew and it is DELICIOUS! I added a little bacon (everything tastes better with bacon!) and it turned out great. My husband the health buff didn’t even complain about the bacon because it really gave it a great flavor.

  2. Helga

    Thursday September 9th, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    In my book…you can never go wrong with bacon.

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