Simple Lentil Stew

Last week brought the first real cold front we’ve had in Florida this year, and I loved it. I got to eat breakfast in my mom’s old wool robe, and whenever I crossed the doorstep I was exuberantly primed with my boots, sweater, fleece jacket and fluffy bright orange scarf. Cold weather is exciting as long as it doesn’t last more than a few weeks. Beyond that, I start daydreaming about picnics and carefree bike rides in shorts and a tank top.

When temperatures drop below sixty, I find few foods more satisfying than lentils. A simple stew like this one is easy to make, hearty and most importantly,very tasty. Make some and have yourself a warm bowl, or make a large batch and have many meals taken care of.

P.S. You may also like these:
Stewed Red Lentils with Cumin and Lime
Red Lentil and Sausage Soup
Lentil Salad




Prep Time: 10 MIN

Cook Time: 55 MIN


3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 celery stalks, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups green lentils, rinsed and picked over
3 cups vegetable or beef stock
5 cups water
1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


Heat the olive oil and tomato paste in a medium soup pot over medium heat. Saute the celery and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the lentils, stock, water, thyme, salt, pepper and cayenne, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot with a lid and cook until the lentils are tender, about 50 minutes.

Serve the stew warm. Top it with a dollop of yogurt, some olive oil and minced celery leaves, if you wish.


7 Responses to “Simple Lentil Stew”

  1. 1

    Monique — 02/03/2013 @ 12:46 pm

    When temperatures drop below sixty,..

    You made me smile..You would not believe here the last 2 weeks..
    This does look comforting:)

    • Nisrine replied: — February 4th, 2013 @ 7:53 am

      Temps in the fifties are a big deal for us Floridians. :)

  2. 2

    Alain Harvey — 02/03/2013 @ 1:02 pm

    Lentils are added to sauteed onions, carrots and celery. Lots of crushed tomatoes and water are added, and the magic begins. An hour later the soup is thick and fragrant.

    • Nisrine replied: — February 4th, 2013 @ 7:54 am

      Sounds delicious.

  3. 3

    Bria @ West of Persia and Yoga With Bria — 02/04/2013 @ 7:25 am

    Below 60 = cold ? Reminds me of growing up in Texas. :-) This soup indeed looks lovely. Enjoy the cooler temps.

    • Nisrine replied: — February 5th, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

      I hope you’re keeping warm where you are.

  4. 4

    Eha — 02/05/2013 @ 4:45 am

    Well there is encouragement here to buy some green lentils, cook and enjoy! Lovely recipe even if it is 115 F outside :) !

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