Hearty Lentil Stew
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Hearty Lentil Stew
Recipe Type: Main, Soup, Stew, Dinner, Stove Top
A hearty fall or winter stew that’s earthy, healthy, and delicious.
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 carrots (about 1 1/2 C), diced or chopped
- 2 celery ribs (about 1 C), diced or chopped
- 1 daikon radish (about 1 1/2 C), diced or chopped
- 1 potato, (about 1 1/2 C) diced or chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, diced
- 2 radishes, (about 1/4 C) diced or chopped
- 3 C spinach, roughly chopped
- 4 collard green leaves (about 1 C), roughly chopped
- 2 T tomato paste
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- 2 t salt
- 1/4 t pepper
- pinch ginger
- pinch cayenne (or more if you want it spicier)
- 1 T sweet paprika
- 1 T smoked paprika
- 1/2 T chili powder
- pinch nutmeg
- 1 C lentils, uncooked
- 4 C vegetable stock (plus 1/2 to 1 C water, if necessary)
- parmesan cheese, for topping
- Heat soup pot. Add oil. Add veggies and 1 t salt. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until veggies are getting tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, stir, and cook 2 minutes more.
- Add tomato paste and 1 T balsamic vinegar, stir around and cook 2 minutes.
- Add remaining seasonings, including another t of salt (if desired) and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until lentils are soft, about 30-40 minutes. Add another 1/2 to 1 C water if it’s getting too thick. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t burn.
- Remove from heat. Add in spinach, collard greens, and 1 T balsamic vinegar. Stir until wilted down. Taste and add more seasoning if desired.
- Serve topped with parmesan cheese.
It would be fun to serve this stew in a hollowed out pumpkin or squash!
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