Easy Lentil Stew
photo by Jonathan Melendez
- Ready In:
- 1 cup dry lentils
- 3 1⁄2 cups chicken broth (I use College Inn)
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can of peeled Italian tomatoes (cut up)
- 1 cup peeled chopped potato
- 1⁄2 cup chopped carrot
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 1⁄2 cup chopped celery (optional)
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried basil (crushed)
- 1 garlic clove (minced)
- 1 dash pepper
- Rinse and drain the dry lentils.
- In a saucepan combine the lentils, chicken broth, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, basil, garlic, and pepper.
- Simmer for 45-50 minutes untils lentils and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
Seriously amazing flavor AND a hearty vegetarian stew in one! I served the stew with a drizzle of olive oil - the olive oil helps the body pick up and process the lycopene in the tomatoes. Then again, the stew's minimal fat content is also a fabulous excuse to make a homemade bread and serve with a generous slather of organic butter. YUM! This one-pot meal will definitely be placed into regular rotation in my household... have already squirreled away left overs in the freezer and am eagerly awaiting the next cold day. Thank you for a fantastic, tasty and filling stew!
Like some other cooks, I changed spices (cumin, curry, then a tsp of sugar at the end) and cooked it for a full hour. I substituted zucchini for celery. Substituted pearl couscous (the big couscous) for potatoes. Cooked it separately in broth and just added it at the end, along with fresh spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Happy with the result.
This is a wonderful recipe and easily adapted to double the recipe and customize by add ins! I cooked some bacon and sauteed the onions and carrots and added celery in with that and the potatoes. I also added some leftover paprika chicken and roasted cauliflower I diced up and put in along with some cut up leftover spicy beef roast. I will top the finished stew off with some crumbled bacon. It's still cooking right now but smells wonderful and I tasted the broth it is delicious!
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