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Spinach Lentil Stew

When my children requested more vegetarian dishes, this chunky stew became a favorite. Red wine vinegar perks up the flavor and carrots add color. We like to ladle helpings over cooked rice. —Alice McEachern of Surrey, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable or chicken bouillon granules
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the water, lentils, bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, salt, thyme, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the carrots, tomatoes and spinach; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15-20 minutes longer or until lentils are tender. Stir in vinegar. Discard bay leaf.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 168 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1123mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 10g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Daniella
    Nov 17, 2017

    Surprisingly good, considering how easy it is! It's great just by itself, though sometimes I'll add in a touch (1 t. or so) of any fun spice mix I have on hand (cajun, za'atar, ras el hanout, etc.). YUM!

  • GirishKatta
    Jul 15, 2016

    Nice recipe

  • ronnyjr1
    Jan 23, 2016

    This is a great tasting dish. Lentils can be eaten any time of the year, Not just when it's cold outside. I didn't have Worcestershire sauce on hand, so I didn't use that. Instead of water, I used vegetable broth along with water. I Also used fresh spinach and one fresh tomato along with the can of tomatoes. I also squeezed in some fresh lemon juice instead of the red wine. I will fix this again. I was easy to make and you can make any adjustment you want to make, to suite your taste. I served it with jiffy cornbread. A toss salad is also a great addition to this dish.

  • dicentra01
    Aug 5, 2013

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  • Dj1221
    Jul 29, 2013

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  • ladylightner
    Dec 28, 2012

    Delicious stew for a cold night in December. My husband went back for thirds! I used Korrs vegetable bouillion cubes and fresh spinach just at the end. I forgot the red wine vinegar but didn't miss it. Also I doubled the recipe, and I added an extra cup of lentils to make it thicker. Thank you for the great recipe!

  • Nutsy16
    Aug 22, 2012

    This lentil soup is hardy and satisfying without being high in calories! I added celery and turkey keilbasa sausage. My picky 15 month old even loved it!

  • Kim Voisin
    Jun 6, 2012

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  • elainesheikh
    Apr 10, 2012

    Delicious, full of body and flavor. I'm the only vegetarian in my family so am always looking for recipes that will satisfy me and my family, and this one fit the bill perfectly. I'll definitely make it again!

  • vbange
    Feb 17, 2012

    I get so bored with lentils (we eat them a lot) and I do not like frozen spinach at all, but this stew was delicious! The portions were very large and the recipe is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it!