This humble-looking but hearty stew is almost a staple on our table, not only due to the exceptional nutritional value of lentils, but because this recipe is amazingly delicious and easy to prepare.
See here what Joe Yonan has to say about lentils.
For the veggie version:
2 cups dried brown lentils
3 cups good vegetable broth
2 cups potatoes, in cubes
2 cups carrots, grated
4 tablespoons oregano
freshly ground black pepper
NOTE: If you are preparing the veggie option, you can add smoked paprika to get the smoky flavor.
For the non-veggie version: You additionally need
200 gr boneless, smoked pork chop, in cubes
200 gr smoked, slab bacon
In a large pot boil plain water. Add lentils. Bring them to a quick boil. This step makes them easier to digest.
Drain the water.
Return lentils to the pan and add broth.
For the non-veggie version: Add the smoked pork.
Stir in all the remaining ingredients: potatoes, carrots, oregano, salt, and pepper.
Return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let it cook for 30-40 min.
Correct the seasoning if needed.
For the non-veggie version: Cut the slab bacon in chunks and stir them into the lentils before serving.
You can enjoy the stew as a one-pot meal with bread or together with my Homemade Perfect Basic Rice and a sunny side up!