Ranch-Style Baked Lentils Recipe
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Ranch-Style Baked Lentils Recipe

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The Palouse area of northern Idaho and eastern Washington is known as the "Dried Pea and Lentil Capital of the World". I serve this as a main dish, or as a side dish for picnics and barbecues. I've used the recipe for many years.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried lentils (4 cups cooked)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
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  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 384 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 1,738 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 20 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Directions

  1. Rinse the lentils. In a heavy saucepan, bring lentils, salt and 4 cups water to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the lentils are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, cook beef over medium heat in a skillet until meat is no longer pink. Drain excess fat. Stir in soup mix, ketchup, mustard, vinegar and remaining water. Gently stir in lentils. Spoon into a 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Ranch-Style Baked Lentils in Country April/May 1991, p49

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 384 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 1,738 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 20 g fiber, 33 g protein.

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Reviewed May. 6, 2012

Wow. This dish is sooo good. We ate it all by itself and it was a hit. It tastes like you are eating meatloaf, but it's healthy. I will back off on the ketchup a bit because there is a lot in this recipe. Otherwise...it's really good.

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

I have made this dish many times in lieu of the usual baked beans. It never fails to draw comments at gatherings and there are never any leftovers.

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