Love these lentils! ❤️ They make a great meal with rice and a simple green salad, or can be served as a side with something like grilled fish and a veggie. 🍋 So hearty and nourishing, and yet still so easy to make 🙌🏻 Ingredients
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, sliced
3 slices bacon
1 cup green or brown lentils
4 cups water (or 2 cups stock and 2 cups water)
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper
For garnish: chopped parsley, sliced lemon, Greek yogurt
In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and carrots; stir. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Add the bacon. Continue cooking, tossing occasionally. (You don't need to completely cook the veggies or bacon.)
After about 3 more minutes, add the lentils. Then add the water (or stock) and the bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce heat to low, set the lid ajar and simmer for about 25 minutes.
Test lentils for tenderness and seasoning. (Add more salt and/or cook longer if needed.) When done, remove from heat, and remove and discard bacon and bay leaf.
You can serve the lentils as a soup, or use a slotted spoon if you prefer less liquid. Garnish with chopped parsley, a squeeze of lemon, and a spoonful of Greek yogurt, if desired.
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