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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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October 17, 2011
An Italian tradition is to serve Lenticche at midnight on New Year's Eve, to bring good fortune and hope that you will not want for cash in the following year. The lentils symbolize little coins. Italian dishes tend to be seasonal, so this is a tasty choice for late fall/early winter.

My sister Cheri was a young bride when she married Mario V. in 1980. A few years later they moved to Ostia, Italy. She learned some of her Italian cooking by watching her mother-in-law, but mostly by tasting and recreating what she tasted.

The first time she had Lenticchie was on New Year's Eve at their friend's parent's house in Ostia. It was served at midnight, and this was when she learned about the neat tradition. This version is definitely Americanized, as the true recipe calls for a gelatinous sausage-stuffed pig foot (No thank you, I'll pass!).


  • 1 (16 oz) package smoked sausage (can use beef or turkey), diced
  • 1 bag lentils
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 cups chicken stock (maybe a little more)
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. butter/margarine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic (or 2 cloves, finely minced)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh, chopped rosemary (or 2 tsp. dried rosemary)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Rinse the lentils in a colander, and pick the bad pieces out. Set aside.

In a large pot, melt butter and oil together over medium heat. Add diced carrots, celery and onion to make the soffrito. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add in minced garlic and cook until carrots are softened.

Add sausage and about *4 cups chicken stock. Next add lentils, potatoes, rosemary, bay leaves, salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook about 45 minutes, or until lentils are soft and potatoes are cooked through. Taste to adjust salt and pepper as needed.

* Important Note: Watch the liquid levels as the lentils soak up the stock. Add more chicken stock as needed to achieve a stew consistency (not too thick, not too soupy).

Servings: 6-8?
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

By Beth from Dublin, OH

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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 (white, black or red).



Serves 6


Soak the lentils overnight, drain and put to one side

Heat the oven to 390 degrees F (200 degrees C, gas 6).

Heat the oil in a large casserole dish, add the onions, garlic and celery and fry gently for 4-5 minutes

Add the bay leaf, thyme, tomatoes and tomato puree and mix together. Cook for 5 minutes

Remove from the heat and add the lentils and red wine if using and stir in well. Add the water just enough to cover. Add the sausages, cover and cook in the oven for around 30 minutes. Sprinkle over the parsley if using

Serve piping hot and enjoy with good company. Bon appetite!

To Freeze:

If making large quantities this dish can be frozen. Simply cool completely and spoon portions into a freezer proof container or plastic bag. Small plastic freezer bags are great for keeping 1 size portions for those times when you want something tasty and nutritious but know you will be eating alone. Seal well, label and freeze for up to 2-3 months.

To Defrost:

Take out as much as required and pit into a saucepan. Defrost for around 4 hours at room temperature. Remove from bag/container, put into a pan and cover. Slowly bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes and stir occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for a further 5 minutes adding more stock or water and flavoring to taste.

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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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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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