Vegetable-Lentil Stew

"This is so good on a cool night."
 
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Ready In:
2hrs 20mins
Ingredients:
20
Yields:
5 quarts
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directions

  • In a large Dutch oven, mix together the first 15 ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until rice and lentils are tender, about 1 hour.
  • Add more water or tomato juice if necessary.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and continue cooking until vegetables are tender, usually 1 hour.

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Reviews

  1. Sudie
    I threw this in the crockpot, as I was very busy and didn't want to think about dinner. I had no celery (someone ate it up on me!) and no zucchini, so I left those out. I also substituted vegetable broth for the tomato juice. It was still wonderful! The seasoning was heavenly, it was filling, and after all the holiday meals this week, it felt great to have something so satisfying, yet so healthy! Good job!
     
  2. jerri822
    Lentils are one of my favorite, for lack of a better word,legume. This stew was so delicious. My husband and I had 2 big bowls full. Very filling and we thought the seasonings were spot on. Our tummys were full and we were so happy. Thanks for sharing this.
     
  3. pamela23245
    This recipe was delicious!!!!!! I did not go exactly by the recipe though. Instead of using tomato sauce, I used spaghetti sauce. I did not have canned tomatoes, so I substituted and used a can of okra and tomatoes and then added one big fresh tomato. I also added some green bell pepper I had on hand. I did not have onions so I added scallions and minced onion. I did not have parsley, oregano, basil, thyme or bay leaf. So instead I added 2 teaspoons of a medley (that had oregano, thyme, basil, bay, rosemary, parsley, etc.) that I had on hand. I added more garlic than the recipe called for (I did not have fresh garlic so I used minced garlic). I did not have lemon, so instead I poured in some grapefruit juice. I also added a can of drained corn and a can of spinach (I did not drain the spinach). Instead of brown rice I used white rice. I also added a yellow squash. I did not add any potatoes because I did not have any on hand. It seemed like it was not seasoned enough, but like I said I did not have all the seasonings on hand that this recipe called for, so that could have been why. But other than that I loved it. Even my two kids loved it. They ate and ate and ate. My kids are 3 (almost 4 years old) and 2 years old. I am going to have to make this again. There was enough left for about two more meals.
     
  4. Jmommy209
    I liked this, but didn't love it and can't quite figure out why. It does make a TON of stew, which was nice, because I didn't have to cook for a couple of days (I love cooking, but sometimes, you just need a break). I made a couple of substitutions, based on what I had in the pantry - mixed lentils/dried peas (tasty!), an 8oz can of tomato sauce and water for the juice, chicken stock for the water, celery seed for the celery, eggplant for the zucchini, dried parsley for fresh, and I added 1 lb of sausage (my husband likes his meat). Very hearty and good, I will probably make it again, next time with celery instead of seed and maybe less tomato sauce. This would be a great dish for a potluck or dinner party with lots of people to help eat it all!
     
  5. StacyMD187373
    Sorry, I wanted to like this but just couldn't. And it makes a ton (and I made a half recipe--at least 10 servings for me)! I used some beef broth (1 cup) in place of same amount of tomato juice since I thought it might be a bit tomatoey. I recommend adding the potato initially with the first round of cooking b/c despite cooking for over 1 hour, the potato was still rock hard (and it was pretty small pieces). Guess it's just a matter of taste, but sorry, won't be making this again.
     
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  1. pamela23245
    This recipe was delicious!!!!!! I did not go exactly by the recipe though. Instead of using tomato sauce, I used spaghetti sauce. I did not have canned tomatoes, so I substituted and used a can of okra and tomatoes and then added one big fresh tomato. I also added some green bell pepper I had on hand. I did not have onions so I added scallions and minced onion. I did not have parsley, oregano, basil, thyme or bay leaf. So instead I added 2 teaspoons of a medley (that had oregano, thyme, basil, bay, rosemary, parsley, etc.) that I had on hand. I added more garlic than the recipe called for (I did not have fresh garlic so I used minced garlic). I did not have lemon, so instead I poured in some grapefruit juice. I also added a can of drained corn and a can of spinach (I did not drain the spinach). Instead of brown rice I used white rice. I also added a yellow squash. I did not add any potatoes because I did not have any on hand. It seemed like it was not seasoned enough, but like I said I did not have all the seasonings on hand that this recipe called for, so that could have been why. But other than that I loved it. Even my two kids loved it. They ate and ate and ate. My kids are 3 (almost 4 years old) and 2 years old. I am going to have to make this again. There was enough left for about two more meals.
     
  2. Schwrl2
    Absolutely delicious, what a nice, thick, incredibly flavorful stew! I made this last week and enjoyed it all week long, and I'm about to make another batch for next week! I used sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes, and I left out the rice....turned out great!
     
  3. shimmerchk
    The flavor just isn't quite there with this one for our tastes. It was bland with a bit of a bitter taste to it. I substituted chicken stock for the water and omitted the zuchinni and my family said it was okay. No one went back for seconds unfortunately and this makes such a HUGE amount I'm not sure what to do with the rest of it. I love lentils, but I don't believe I would make this one again.
     
  4. Sudie
    I threw this in the crockpot, as I was very busy and didn't want to think about dinner. I had no celery (someone ate it up on me!) and no zucchini, so I left those out. I also substituted vegetable broth for the tomato juice. It was still wonderful! The seasoning was heavenly, it was filling, and after all the holiday meals this week, it felt great to have something so satisfying, yet so healthy! Good job!
     

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