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Lentil Pepperoni Stew Recipe

Turkey pepperoni nicely spices this thick lentil stew with its rich tomato broth. "This is a 'stick-to-your-ribs' mainstay at our house," says Diane Hixon of Niceville, Florida.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 1 hour 40 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups lentils, rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 pound sliced turkey pepperoni, quartered
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 celery rib with leaves, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven, combine the water, lentils, onion, pepperoni, tomato paste and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Add the tomatoes, celery and carrot; cover and simmer 35-45 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 244 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 974 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 12 g fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.