Hearty Lentil Stew

1
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

How to Make Hearty Lentil Stew

Step-by-Step

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

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

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

    If used, remove the bay leaf.
  • 7Stir 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.
  • 8Serve 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!
  • 9NOTES: 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.

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About Hearty Lentil Stew

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