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Best Lentil Stew Ever

This week my wonderful friend Dawn from Spatulas On Parade and I decided to do something with Lentils! While I went for a classic (and by the way the best ever) Lentil Stew, she made a fantastically delicious Lentil Salad (you can see it at the end of this post :)

There is a little story about me and lentils. Lentils for Germans are a food you HAVE to eat on new years. We believe that if you eat lentils that night, you won’t run out of money the whole next year. For new years I have a special recipe, originally from my grandpa. When the time gets closer, I will post it here, because it needs to be shared with the world it’s so good!

Now back to this Lentil Stew. I love it because it’s so so easy to make, full of flavors and enough to please a crowd while being super cheap :) Could it be better?! I don’t think so! Normally I would go with potatoes, but decided, since it’s THE time of the year, to throw in some fresh pumpkin instead. Sweet potato or butternut squash would work great too. Simply use what you have at home. When it comes to the cream of chicken, I would recommend rather looking for a low sodium one, than for a low fat one. Since you probably live low fat most of the time anyway, it’s way better to watch your sodium – Salt makes fat! Other than that throw in whatever you want, don’t forget the parsley and spinach … and of course the bacon … and enjoy :)

best lentil stew ever recipe

Best Lentil Stew Ever
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
What you need
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • ½ sugar pumpkin (or 2 potatoes)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 can cream of chicken, low sodium
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1-2 cups water, divided
  • 1¼ cup lentils (the kind that doesn't have to be soaked)
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 4 stripes of bacon
How you make it
  1. Chop your carrots, celery, pumpkin and onion into bite sized chunks
  2. Spray a large pot with cooking spray, bring over high heat
  3. Add your veggies and cook for 3 minutes
  4. Add Lentils, cream of chicken, 2 cups of milk and 1 cup of water
  5. Turn heat back to medium and let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. Meanwhile cut the bacon in pieces and cook in the microwave until crispy, set aside
  7. Now check, if your lentils have soaked up all the liquid already without being fully cooked
  8. If so, add remaining water and cook for 10 more minutes (or until tender and creamy)
  9. Take away from heat and stir in spinach
  10. Fill into plates, sprinkle with parsley and top with bacon pieces

Oh and here is the amazing Lentil Salad I was talking about earlier. Dawn put together amazing flavors for a very special salad :)


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  1. You had me at bacon. Seriously. Bacon makes everything better :) This recipe sounds amazing.

  2. That looks so good and creamy. I have a bunch of lentils in the fridge. I cooked a big batch and I’ve been making recipes with them, like the salad.
    Now I need to try your stew! YUMMY
    Now what is sugar pumpkin? Is it like a sweet potato?

  3. Oh this looks lovely and like it would slip down on a not some great evening when you are feeling a little under the weather. x

  4. Yum! Now that it has gotten cooler I am in a stew mood. I am going to try this soon!

  5. I’ve never tried a lentil stew before, but that looks delicious! I may have to actually try it!

  6. Yay! I read Dawn’s post earlier today and made a mental note to also check out your recipe later, and now I just happened to stumble across it. This looks so creamy, delectable, amazing… I could go on and on with the hunger-inducing adjectives. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  7. Mmm, mmm, mmm, yes I would love to make some lentil stew! Thank you for the recipe share.

  8. The stew looks so creamy and yummy! I will try to make some Lentil.

  9. This looks delicious! I want to try it now!

  10. Very lovely. I think that would go over well on a cold day with my family.

  11. This looks delicious and I love the idea of throwing squash into it

  12. Another lentil recipe. I love lentils and can never get enough of them. I make a really great lentil soup too so will have to try this one out. Thanks for the recipe :)

  13. That stew looks so good… and I shouldn’t be hungry because I just had a huge dinner not to long ago. I have never cooked with lentils and really need to try this recipe.

  14. OMG.. this looks amazing.. I love Lenti but never cooked with them myself, sooo will have to make this soon.. perfect for the cooler weather… Thanks for sharing

  15. That lentil stew looks amazing – perfect for this time of year!

  16. This is a sign. Two lentil posts in one day. Clearly I’m being told to eat lentils!

  17. This looks so good and I love all the vegetables. It will really come in handy on a cold and dreary fall or winter night. I love stews and soups during these cold months that are coming up in New York City.

  18. Looks awesome, got to try this, I think it’s quite healthy too, a great legume with many vitamins and nutrients.

  19. i am note a huge bacon fan, but living in india i don’t have access to it really and now i see all these recipes with it! ack

  20. Oh how delicious! I’ve bookmarked this page so I can try it. I love the creamy soup and the bacon. Any recipe with those ingredients is usually yummy! And I’ve never cooked with lentils so I think I should try it!

  21. This looks great! I love lentils, and who doesn’t love bacon in everything?? Cant wait to try it, thanks

  22. That stew looks amazing!! Like I said on Dawn’s blog, I have never worked with lentils. But I will be very soon now that I see these great dishes!

  23. Oh wow! I have made this soup/stew once and I don’t think I did it right. This looks really amazing I’m going to line it up for my fall soups menu!

  24. I am always making lentil soup. I love how you incorporated spinach in it! We love us some spinach over here. Have to try!

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