Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

Louisiana-style chili. Does it get chilly in Louisiana? Spice this one up with some red pepper if you want to. You know I like dat.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 3-quart saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in oil until tender.
  2. Add water and bay leaf; bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in lentils and return to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in tomatoes, breaking them up; add wine, tomato paste, sugar, basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper.
  6. Bring stew to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes; add zucchini and simmer 15 minutes more.
  7. Discard bay leaf before serving.
  8. Serve over grilled slices of polenta or steamed brown rice, if desired.
Most Helpful

DH and I enjoyed this lentil stew for dinner last night. It was really easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand. It had nice flavor and was especially good with some grated Parmesan sprinkled on top. We served over brown basmati rice. Perfect for a weeknight meal. Thanks for posting!

Dr. Jenny February 28, 2013

I doubled this for a potluck tonight and everyone really enjoyed it (seconds!). I used veggie broth instead of water, but ohter than that, followed the recipe. This was a great vegetarian dish that i will make again!

Carianne January 19, 2005