Lentil White Bean Pilaf Recipe
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Lentil White Bean Pilaf Recipe

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Vegetarians will be happy to see this hearty meatless grain pilaf on the holiday buffet table. I like to make this when I have extra cooked lentils, barley, quinoa and rice on hand. —Juli Meyers, Hinesville, Georgia
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups canned white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 259 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 11g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. Cook the lentils, barley, quinoa and rice according to package directions; set aside.
  2. In a Dutch oven, saute the mushrooms, carrots, celery and onion in butter until tender. Add garlic and rosemary; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth, salt and pepper, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in beans and the cooked lentils, barley, quinoa and rice; heat through. Yield: 10 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Originally published as Lentil White Bean Pilaf in Taste of Home December/January 2012, p25

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neldridge User ID: 3229553 256412
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2016 Edited Nov. 8, 2016

"This is amazing! I made this for my family, some of whom are vegetarians, and it was a huge hit! We have it frequently as a main dish. So hearty, earthy, healthy. It's one of our favorite comfort foods now."

annrms User ID: 2649709 228585
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"I prepared this recipe using Minute Multi-grain Pilaf and the barley. I used canned lentils as well as canned white beans. I substituted chicken broth and reconstituted some shiitake mushrooms since I did not have fresh. This is an excellent recipe! We had it as a side to grilled swordfish. It is savory and colorful. Thank you, Juli for submitting this recipe. It's a keeper!"

kcbergmann User ID: 1443209 177545
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"I just made this tonight and it is delicious! I used brown rice instead of the long grain white rice and Earth Balance instead of the butter. I didn't get any "browned bits" in the pan using the Earth Balance but it didn't matter to me. Very tasty, filling and it makes a lot!"

el4n6dir User ID: 1369211 212339
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"I made this as a side dish for Christmas dinner and everyone loved it. It does make enough to make it a main dish."

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