One of my all time favorite Fall meals is Lentil Stew. I have two go to recipes with very different flavor profiles. This one with bacon, sweet potatoes and tarragon is my favorite. I love these flavors together and it doesn’t hurt that my two year will eat three bowls full without picking out a single veggie.
This pudding bread is so moist that my son called is squish bread. Sweet and spicy with a whole cup of roasted pureed pumpkin, this is healthy and delicious! Great alongside a savory stew or with a mug of tea for breakfast! I will share the recipe in the next post.
1 1/2 cups green lentils
1 medium sweet potato
1 small sweet onion
3 small carrots (2 large is fine, but I like the flavor of smaller carrots)
2 inner stalks of celery
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 thick slices uncured bacon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
4 hours before you begin cooking, rinse your lentils and place in a large dish. Cover with water by 1 inch and add 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Soak.
Begin by chopping your bacon, onion, carrot and celery in a small uniform dice. Add the bacon to a medium sized stock pot and begin cooking over medium high heat. When the bacon starts to become crispy and the fat has rendered, add the onion, carrot and celery and reduce heat to medium low. Stir the vegetables and season with a 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (if necessary add olive oil or butter to keep veg from sticking) before covering and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, crush the garlic and add it to the pot, cook for 1 minute and then add the tomato paste stirring it while it cooks for another 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low. Next, add the lentils in their soaking water along with another 2 1/2 cups of water. Peel and dice your sweet potato and add that to the pot and cover allowing everything to cook for about 15 minutes. Uncover the pot and stir in the tarragon and then allow the lentils to cook uncovered for another 15 minutes until everything is cooked through and much of the liquid has been absorbed. Serve in large bowls for a cozy and delicious meal!