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Lentil Stew

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 50 min.


6 servings

This hearty stew is a favorite with our family, along with a basket of homemade breadsticks. Since lentils don't require the long soaking time that dried beans do, you can begin making this dish just an hour before supper—not the night before!—Carol Wolfer, Lebanon, Oregon


  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the lentils, water and bouillon to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Return to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes longer or until lentils and vegetables are tender.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 200 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 628mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 11g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • KristineChayes
    Nov 12, 2020

    Great recipe! Perfect dish for my vegan sister. I used red lentils, which we prefer.

  • wsmitty1961
    Dec 7, 2017

    This is a family favorite! Everyone loves the recipe and it is a very healthy recipe!!

  • po511
    Jan 22, 2014

    This was so simple to make and was delicious and filling!

  • Lizandjuan
    Oct 14, 2013

    Delicious and ridiculously easy! My family loves it.

  • khbmom
    Jul 1, 2013

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  • Shoes58
    Feb 22, 2011

    what a wonderful weekday dish. comes together with little effort. tastes great and is very warm and satisfying on a winter's night. a keeper. (did substitute low sodium beef broth for water & bouillon cube. added no salt seasoning blend. so we could feel pretty healthy too!

  • lindalovestocook
    Jan 12, 2010

    We're trying to eat healthier so I tried this recipe. I did add a can of diced tomatoes and a little salt and pepper. We loved it and would definitely make it again.

  • Kris Countryman
    Jul 17, 2007

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