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Lentil White Bean Pilaf

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
  • 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 cannellini beans, rinsed and drained


  • Cook the lentils, barley, quinoa and rice according to package directions; set aside.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 259 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 11g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • neldridge
    Nov 5, 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
    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!

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    Mar 10, 2013

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  • kcbergmann
    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
    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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    Dec 5, 2011

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