Simple Lentil Stew

Simple Lentil Stew

This is a lentil stew I made often when I lived in France. The lentils become soft and fluffy when stewed, It's an easy dish with a simple and mild taste.

Ingredients: 1 16 cm diamter pot

Lentils (dried)
200 g
Bacon (block)
70 g
1 clove
Bay leaf (optional)
1 leaf
Soup stock cube
2 teaspoons
Coarse salt and pepper
to taste
Olive oil
1 tablespoon


1. Chop the onions and carrots into 5 mm cubes, and chop the bacon into 1 cm cubes. Rinse the lentils in a colander.
2. Lightly sauté the minced garlic and bacon in a pot of olive oil.
3. Add the onions and carrots, and sauté until the onions become tender and translucent, taking care not to burn them.
4. Add the lentils and toss the ingredients together. Fill with enough water to cover up to 2 cm higher than the level of the beans, then add the bay leaf, 2-3 pinches of coarse salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.
5. Once it starts to boil, reduce to low heat, slightly shift the lid to make an opening, simmer for about 20 minutes. Fill with enough water to cover up to 2 cm higher than the level of the beans again, then simmer for 30-40 more minutes, then it's done Add a lot of water! It will cook into the soup ingredients and make them soft and fluffy.
6. [Lentils] These are the lentils I bought at a supermarket in Paris. They come in a cloth bag. Lentils are filled with nutrients, such as vitamin B and beta carotene.
7. [Note] Since this recipe makes a lot of soup, you can halve the recipe. For those who have a large pot, I recommend making a lot.

Story Behind this Recipe

I made this a lot when I lived in France All it takes is to simmer some basic ingredients. It goes well with bread and wine You can also serve it with brown rice.