Hearty Lentil Stew

Tam D

By
@methodmaven

Quick, easy, hearty, tasty, husband's favorite -- things that make this a faithful stand-by.


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Serves:

about 4

Cook:

50 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1/2-1 lb
favorite sausage
1
onion, chopped
2 stalk(s)
celery, chopped
1-2 tsp
dehydrated minced garlic
1/4 tsp
ground oregano
1
bay leaf (optional)
1 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
pepper
1 c
lentils, uncooked (about half a bag)
2-3 tsp
beef or chicken base or bouillon
2 can(s)
beef or chicken broth, or stock
6 oz can(s)
tomato paste

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a heavy dutch oven, over medium heat, brown the meat, breaking it up with the spoon as it cooks.
2
While the meat is cooking, peel and chop the onion.

Add the onion to the pot with the cooking meat.
3
Chop the celery. Add it to the pot.

Continue cooking until the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
4
While the vegetables are cooking, add the garlic, oregano, bay leaf, pepper, and salt to taste.
5
Stir in the beef or chicken base or bouillon, then the broth.
Add the lentils, stirring to combine.
6
Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer about 30 minutes, until lentils are firm-soft.

If used, remove the bay leaf.
7
Stir in tomato paste. Add tomato-vegetable juice or more broth or water, if you like, to bring the stew to the consistency you like, or for soup. You could even stir in a can of diced tomatoes.

Return to bubbling, then reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes to heat through and allow flavors to blend.
8
Serve with a nice green salad, and warm bread.

My Crumb Muffins are quick and easy, and go great with this -- they'll bake while the stew is cooking!
9
NOTES: I like to use a plain or country-style sausage. Any meat works, including wild meats like venison, elk, buffalo...
In a pinch you can use ground beef, or even ham.

If your sausage is very lean, use 1-2 T. olive oil.

If you need to stretch the meal for extra servings, this stew can be served over rice -- which is also a nice way to present leftovers.

This recipe is easily doubled, for a crowd. It holds and reheats well.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy