Lentil Stew 

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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3 tablespoons oil or other fat

2 pounds ground meat or sausage, optional

1 cup diced onion, shallot or leek

3 large ribs celery, sliced thin

2 carrots, cut into disks

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon your favorite ground spice

1 pound brown or green dried lentils, rinsed

1 teaspoon your favorite dried herb

2 potatoes, cut into large chunks

Splash of vinegar, any type on hand

Fried eggs, if you like, for topping


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the oil. When hot, add the meat if using and brown for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic and spice and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add 6 cups water and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the lentils and herb and bring to a simmer. Add the potatoes and simmer until the lentils and vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Add a splash of vinegar to taste and serve the stew in bowls. A fried egg on top would be delightful.  

Cook’s Note

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