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French Lentils With Chard
A perfect dinner for those nights when you could just use something hearty and warm, this classic French lentil stew is a vegetarian delight. Simple to prepare and comforting to the senses, once you make this, you'll want to keep lentils on hand more often. If you can't wait around for the lentils to cook, start the dish in the morning and let the softened savories, lentils, herbs, and broth cook in the slow cooker for 4 hours on high or 6 on low and add the greens twenty minutes before serving.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh parsley
1 lb. French lentils
Pepper to taste
1 bunch Swiss chard, stemmed and coarsely chopped
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French Lentils With Chard

French Lentils With Chard

French Lentils With Chard
Three Stars Guiding Stars
  • Servings:6 (182 g)
  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:60 minutes
1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften (3-5 minutes). Add the carrot and celery and cook, stirring, until all the vegetables are tender (4-5 minutes). Add the garlic and continue to cook, stirring, until fragrant (30 seconds).
2. Tie the herbs together. Add the lentils, 2 quarts of water, and herbs to the pan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until lentils are almost tender (40 minutes). Remove the herb bundle and add pepper to taste.
3. Stir the chard into the simmering lentils. Cook until the lentils and greens are tender (5-10 minutes).*Optional garnishes have not been included in the rating of this recipe.