Lentil Recipes

Lentil and Bacon Stew recipe

This hearty stew is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter's day. Bacon is simmered with lentils and a number of herbs and seasonings, along with beer for flavour and maple syrup for sweetness. Serve up with warm crusty bread or cheesy toast.


  • 6 rashers thick slice streaky bacon, smoked
  • 750ml beef stock
  • 350ml beer of your choice
  • 200g dried brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 onion
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper

Method of Preparation:

  1. Chop the bacon. Finely chop the onion, celery and carrot and mince the garlic cloves.

  2. Cook the bacon in a large dry saucepan until it starts to yield oil. Cook for around 7 minutes, then add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic. Fry for another 7 minutes.

  3. Add the beef stock and beer and then bring to the boil before stirring in the lentils, maple syrup, celery salt, ground nutmeg and salt and pepper.

  4. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the lentils are tender.

A chunk of ham or gammon would work in place of the bacon in this recipe and it would make the dish into more of a main course than a starter or lunch. This recipe serves four people.

Author: Laura Young.

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750mlabout 3 cups (3.17 cups based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
350mlabout 1 ½ cups (1.4794 cups based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
200gabout 7 oz (7.0546 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)


Published: September 7, 2011
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