ROASTED LENTILS WITH BELL PEPPERS

December 11, 2013

I went a full twenty years without ever eating a lentil. I’d heard of them. They’re always just kind of jammed together with “beans, lentils, and legumes” in a list.

If we were playing a random word association game with “lentils,” I’d say: yoga, vegans, and Ethiopia.

For a long time I didn’t have a clue how to prepare lentils, so I would shy away from that region of the grocery store. I finally made them and they were filling, flavorful, and generally fun to eat.

Legumes, I’m coming for you next, once I figure out what you are.

ROASTED LENTILS WITH BELL PEPPERS from Rachel Schultz

ROASTED LENTILS WITH BELL PEPPERS
Serves 3-4

1 cup lentils
1 sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup vegetable broth
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon basil
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1 green pepper, diced
1 orange pepper, diced
3/4 cup feta

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together all ingredients, except feta, in a 3 quart baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes. Top with feta.

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ROASTED LENTILS WITH BELL PEPPERS
 
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Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 orange pepper, diced
  • ¾ cup feta
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Stir together all ingredients, except feta, in a 3 quart baking dish.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Top with feta.

Adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

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Comments

  • julie

    Hi

    Do you need to cook lentils first?

    • chris

      I had some random ingredients like dried lentils, can tomatos, bag of frozen peppers and onions, and fresh frozen thyme in my freezer. Threw it all in casserole dish and I was shocked how good it was. SO GOOD I even left out the feta that I was going to go to store and get. I also didn’t have fresh garlic or oregano and it was still fantastic. I did add a little salt and olive oil.

    • Christine

      i put dried lentils in casserole dish with other ingredients.

  • Anonymous

    Win! We discovered it also tastes super when served with avocado. We will definitely be bringing this to our next party. You could even get fancy and stuff avocado halves with this.

    Do you want any more lentil recipes? I have one for red lentil coconut curry soup that my husband is a big fan of.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Great idea on the avocado; thank you!

  • I love lentils. Unfortunately, my husband does not. The first month we were married, I made sausage and lentil stew–a nice easy recipe that I’ve always enjoyed. He’d never seen or heard of lentils before in his life (sheltered ranch kid, I guess? Meat and potatoes man?) and he thought they were bizarre and weird and wanted nothing to do with them. I haven’t worked up the courage to try any new lentil dishes on him since then….apparently I react poorly to criticism of my cooking!

    • Rachel Schultz

      I’d like to try more stuff. They seem so versatile, I’d be surprised if someone never liked them.

  • Rachel C

    A couple of my missionary friends to India have really turned me on to various types of dal. Channa dal, urad dal and so on. In India the variations are endless. Some are spicy and some not so spicy. Let me know if you’d like some links to recipes. Indian mom and pop comfort food at its best. Absolutely delicious.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks so much! How cool.

      • Rachel C

        This one is superb although I don’t use the full 4 cups of water since I enjoy mine more along the lines of the traditional porridge like consistency I’ve tasted with various friends who have lived abroad. The asafoetida are little seeds and sometimes difficult to find but a great substitute would be thyme or a tiny extra pinch of cumin seeds. The ghee is not essential either: one could easily use regular butter unless you’re feeling industrious enough to make ghee at home which is actually very easy :) Happy lentil cooking!

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