"This recipe is a variation of my mother's lentil dish from her native Italy." -Lucille Rothen, Morristown, NJ
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped carrot
1 garlic clove, sliced
4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 cup dried lentils
3/4 cup instant brown rice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
How to Make It
Heat oil in a small Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Add broth, water, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Stir in lentils; simmer 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice; simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in red pepper, salt, and black pepper.
We love this recipe, and I make it a few times every winter. Hearty and healthy, just like the name says. Great leftovers and to freeze too - I've kept it for up to a month. Serve with a crusty whole wheat loaf for a perfect weeknight meal.
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