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Red Lentils

Red Lentils

This flavorful red lentils dish is a healthful side dish choice for any meal. 

Southern Living OCTOBER 2008

  • Yield: Makes 5 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)
  • Cook time:36 Minutes
  • Prep time:15 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (14-oz.) cans reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth*
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
  • 1 1/4 cups red or brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt to taste


1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 6 minutes or until onion is tender. Add broth and next 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in basil and salt to taste.

*2 (14-oz.) cans vegetable broth may be substituted.

Note: Nutritional analysis does not include salt to taste.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 138
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 3.8g
  • Saturated fat: 1.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbohydrate: 20.8g
  • Fiber: 4.9g
  • Cholesterol: 7.6mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 407mg
  • Calcium: 54mg

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