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Hearty Lentil Stew

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Hearty Lentil Stew
Recipe type: Meatless Entrees
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 6 c. water
  • 1 c. barley
  • 1 c. dry lentils
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 c. tomato sauce
  • 2 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp basil
  • ½ tsp marjoram
  • salt and pepper
  1. Sauté onion, celery, garlic, green pepper in a small amount of water or oil until softened.
  2. Add 6 cups water, barley, lentils.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, stir, cover, cook 30 minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, stir, cover, cook 30 minutes.
  5. Can crock pot this.  Serve over potatoes or brown rice.

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9 Comments so far ↓

  • Callie

    Hi Katie,

    I was wondering if you could substitute chicken stock for all/some of the water here. Thanks!

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    Katie Reply:

    I am sure – it would ONLY improve the dish! I often make it for Lent, so I wouldn’t at that time, but otherwise, chicken stock has never hurt anything I’ve made. :) Katie

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  • Natasha

    How long would you do it in the crock-pot for?

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  • Sandra_in_Severn

    There are also many recipes for vegetarian stocks as well. No need to use “meat or flesh” for this. There are also several vegetarian stocks in the grocery stores now, if you don’t want to make your own.

    I’m going to make this using one of those for Lenten Meals.

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  • Lenetta @ Nettacow

    Katie, I forgot to tell you that I made this during Lent. Except that I thought I had lentils and couldn’t find them in the pantry. (And then found them cleaning it out a month later – doh!) So I subbed extra barley, which come to find out takes a LOT more water than lentils. And expands a LOT more. Needless to say, there’s a LOT in my freezer still. :>) For a bit there, it seemed like the loaves and the fishes…

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  • leslie

    hi katie,

    i was wondering how this stew may turn out with eliminating the tomato sauce? would you have any suggestions for me?

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    Katie Reply:

    Hmmm, it would probably be okay, more like a soup. Use good broth, I’d say, instead of water to make sure you have some flavor. Worth a shot! :) Katie

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  • Becky C

    Do you make this with your sprouted lentils or regular lentils?

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Either one, although if sprouted, you need to reduce the liquid by at least a cup, maybe two. :) Katie

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