Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lentil and Wild Rice Stew

So I decided to post twice tonight since the next few days are going to be CRAZY busy with work and holiday parties. It has gotten REALLY cold here in Boston. The past few weeks have been so nice and now I'm leaving the house with a hat and gloves every day! The one great thing about cold weather is that you crave soup. This weekend, I wanted lentil soup so badly I decided to come up with a new version!

This stew (or soup or stewp, whatever you want to call it) is super simple and very tasty. Lentils, wild rice, and some veggies combine for a filling meal that is light and healthy. The holidays can overwhelm you with indulgences, sometimes its nice to just enjoy a simple meal that isn't filled with calories, fat and/or salt. I also love this recipe because it makes ample leftovers that heat up nicely in the microwave.

Read more for the full recipe!

1 cup lentils (I used 1/3 cup of each of the following: red lentils, green lentils and black lentils)
1/2 cup wild rice
1 medium onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
3 large carrots
2 parsnips
3 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp tomato paste
6 cups veggie broth
1 tbsp rosemary
1 bay leaf (optional)
salt & pepper to taste

NOTE: this recipe has been edited due to reader feedback that it is too peppery. I appreciate all reader comments and suggestions and have edited the recipe accordingly. Thanks!

Step by Step Instructions:
1. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, saute onion, celery, garlic and olive oil on med heat for 8-10 minutes, until soft.
2. Add lentils, rice, tomato paste, broth and spices, cover and bring to a rolling boil
3. Reduce heat to medium low and cook covered, 35-40 minutes, until lentils and rice are cooked but slightly chewy
4. Add sliced carrots and parsnips, cover and simmer on med-low an additional 10-12 minutes
5. Serve with grated parmesan and some crusty bread!

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At December 14, 2011 at 10:53 PM , Blogger motherrimmy said...

Yum! This looks absolutely hearty, warming and delicious!

At December 15, 2011 at 12:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious and the perfect thing for a cold winter night! Thanks for sharing (and your pictures are FAB!)

At December 15, 2011 at 1:25 AM , Blogger Loveforfood said...

Those photos are mouthwatering and I believe provide a perfect salute to the ... I think I could eat this all day long, because I love such delicious looking things :)

At December 16, 2011 at 12:39 AM , Blogger Balvinder ( Neetu) said...

I love lentil soups like that. being gluten free I mix the lentils and rice just like you. but which is that black lentil,does not like "urad". It is much smaller than that. I am gladly Following you.

At December 16, 2011 at 7:38 AM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Make me miss cold weather, why don't you! This soup sounds fabulously delicious and perfect to warm you right up :)

At December 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM , Anonymous Eva said...

I love lentils and they are so healthy and filling. The ingredients in this stew/soup sound delicious. YUM!

At December 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM , Anonymous Sissi said...

I love lentil stews and yours looks very original with the three kinds of lentils and rice.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I am very happy to discover yours.

At December 20, 2011 at 7:38 AM , Blogger The Mistress of Spices said...

This sounds delicious! I love both lentils and wild rice. And I do think I have all the ingredients on hand so I might be making this. Enjoy the holiday season!

At January 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM , Blogger Megan said...

Was excited to make this, but didn't turn out as I'd hoped. Is it really supposed to be a tablespoon of black pepper? I made this last night and it was quite overpowering.

At January 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM , Blogger jweichert said...

I am making this right now and it does smell very peppery. Should have questioned it before I put it in...

At January 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM , Blogger Dara said...


Yikes! I will review my notes when I get home tonight on this recipe. I test everything pretty thoroughly so I will investigate. I apologize if you have found the recipe to be off!

At January 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM , Blogger Dara said...


Megan, I am so sorry this didn't turn out well for you! I test all the recipes pretty thoroughly so I am disappointed that this did not turn out well for you. I am going to revisit my notes on this one and improve.

At January 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM , Blogger jweichert said...

Yes, just ate it and very peppery! I will try it again with less pepper, because otherwise it was really good.


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