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Recipes Using Lentils

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This nutritious legume is delicious in many kinds of dishes. This page contains recipes using lentils.


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January 6, 2011

My girls Stella (10) and Rosa (4) love this meal We cook it all the time.



Saute the onions and celery. Add 1 cup of lentils and 4 cups of broth, then simmer until lentils are soft (35-40 minutes). Add the tin of tomatoes, a spoonful of tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes.

Put grated cheese on (if desired) and pop into the oven to melt.

By ruth langdon from Withernsea, UK

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January 8, 2019

This is a healthy, delicious meatless meal. It is a bit time consuming, but totally worth it and great for a cold day.

Prep Time: 30

Cook Time: 30

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6-8


  • 1 1/4 cup lentils
  • 1 1-2 cup rice
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 3 cups boiling water (or stock)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1 cup boiling water (or stock)
  • sauce
  • 3 cups tomato juice, tomato sauce or pureed tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • browned onions
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

Optional: yogurt, cucumbers, tomatoes, mint



  1. In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, brown lentils in 2 Tbsp oil, about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Let it cool before you put the boiling water or stock in. The hot lentils will pop and go all over the kitchen.
  3. Add the 3 cups boiling stock or water and the salt and pepper.
  4. Cook uncovered 10 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Stir in the rice and 1 cup stock.
  6. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes without stirring.
  7. Meanwhile make sauce; heat all the sauce ingredients together in a medium saucepan.
  8. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes.
  9. To make browned onions, heat oil in a small skillet.
  10. Saute onions and garlic over medium heat till browned.
  11. To serve, put rice lentil mixture on a platter, pour tomato sauce over and top with browned onions. Top with optional ingredients such as yogurt, cucumbers, tomatoes and mint.
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October 17, 2011

An Italian tradition is to serve Lenticche at midnight on New Year's Eve, to bring good fortune. The lentils symbolize little coins.

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April 26, 2006

This casserole is an old French favorite, it demonstrates simple home-cooking at its best giving a hearty and delicious taste of the traditional French kitchen. It makes a delicious and quick hot meal when served with fresh French bread. This recipe can be adapted for vegetarians by substituting the sausages for beans.

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June 15, 2007

Place 3-1/2 cups of cold water in a covered glass pot and heat on the stove top until it boils. While the water is heating, rinse the lentils in a strainer, and remove any stones or other foreign matter.

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February 8, 2007

When all six kids were at home and I was feeding us on $35 a month, this was a favorite. Lentils are cheap, and my husband grew all the vegetables.

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December 5, 20180 found this helpful

This traditional Persian dish combines lentils with cinnamon and other spices for a hearty stew. The fried mint sauce is a delicious finishing touch.


Try out this recipe for lentil stew with fried mint sauce.

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January 12, 20130 found this helpful

This page contains lentil burger recipes. Lentils can be used as a healthy, vegetarian substitute for meat when making burgers.

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December 22, 2010

Break the thin spaghetti into 3 inch lengths before cooking. Cook the lentils until tender but firm. Drain well. Combine with cooked spaghetti and vegetables.

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October 30, 2007

Cook lentils 30 minutes until tender. Drain and add olive oil and vinegar in equal amounts to taste. Add Tabasco sauce as desired and when chilled, stir in chopped celery, onion, parsley and tomatoes, if you wish.

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June 11, 2007

Cook sausage in soup kettle until brown, drain most fat. Grind together carrots, celery, pepper, and onion in food processor, or chop finely. Add to pan. Add broth. water, and lentils.

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