Wild Rice With French Green Lentils

Recipe by Abby Girl
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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Bring 2-1/2 cups water and 1 tsp salt to boil in medium saucepan.
  • Add rice and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is just tender, about 45 minutes.
  • Drain.
  • Return rice to pan.
  • Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add cloves, onion, carrot, celery and garlic; saute until beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Add pancetta and saute until crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Add lentils; stir 1 minute.
  • Add 1-3/4 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt, and bay leaf; bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 35 minutes.
  • Remove from heat (some liquid may remain in pan).
  • Discard cloves and bay leaf.
  • Stir rice into lentil mixture (can be made 1 day ahead, cover and chill).
  • Simmer rice-lentil mixture uncovered over medium heat until heated through and liquid is absorbed, about 6 minutes (if made the day ahead of time, you may need to add more water or chicken stock).
  • Stir in parsley.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Note: Leftovers can be made into soup for the next day.
  • Just add some chicken stock, milk or cream to the rice-lentil mixture.
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