This lentil stew is the perfect blend of healthy and decadence. If you feel truffle oil is way out of your price range, read on as you will be pleasantly surprised. You just may have a perfect gift for the cook in your life with a new delicious recipe.
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Who doesn’t love truffle oil? I honestly don’t think I have ever met anyone who didn’t just absolutely love this delicacy. If you have never tried this little piece of heaven, well life is just too short not too. I think its taste is so good that it is indescribable. I have often heard it referred to as earthy, musky, garlicky and even sensual. No matter how you describe this treasure, here are a few interesting details that you will want to keep in mind.
- Did you know truffle oil makes the perfect gift for the cook in your life? It is even perfect for someone who doesn’t love to cook. I have literally seen people (myself included) make a meal out of dipping bread into it.
- Did you also know that a majority of truffle oils are actually chemical concoctions that will say “truffle flavour”. (1) I was actually one of the people bamboozled by the “truffle flavour” experience. I had real truffle oil in Italy, fell in love with it and wondered why it just didn’t taste the same here. Ummm, that would be chemical flavoring I was tasting.
- There are actual pieces of truffle floating in the bottom of this jar. Look ☝. YUM!!
- This bottle looks small but it actually goes a long way. Since it is more of a finishing oil, there a several servings in this bottle.
- Best of all, this bottle of Alba White Truffle oil costs less than a Yankee Candle. Ready to buy it for the cook in your life then click here. (affiliate)
When I was creating this lentil stew I had my normal two criteria. It had to be full of nutrition and full of flavor. I was going to do a Panera copycat lentil soup with lemon. It was actually my dear high school friend who got me heading down the truffle oil path instead.
Since I love citrus, I had not realized how often I use it until my friend shared with me that she is allergic to it. It made me step aside and think of other ways to create bold flavor. That is when it hit me, that the beautiful bottle of truffle oil that I had sitting patiently in my cupboard was waiting to be used. It would be the perfect touch to this very nutritious meal. Based on my husbands reaction of “that was awesome”, I was right. The best part is you will have no guilt involved while enjoying this lentil stew because of the quinoa, kale, carrots, tomatoes and celery. It is a tasty way to load up on nutrition before the holiday feasting begins.
One additional detail, I named this a stew instead of soup because as it sits, the lentils and quinoa absorb the broth and thickens to a stew like consistency. This recipe also makes a very hearty portion so I recommend freezing half to have when life gets crazy during the holiday hustle and bustle. After a long day of shopping in December you will be so glad you pulled this out of the freezer the night before.
Enjoy this Lentil Stew!
Variations of Lentil Stew
- Substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth to make it vegetarian/vegan.
- Use different types of lentils like brown, green, or beluga.
- Add diced potatoes, sweet potatoes, or butternut squash for heartiness.
- Stir in spinach or arugula at the end for extra greens.
- Top with yogurt or feta cheese for protein.
- Swap out the quinoa for brown rice or barley.
- Use different herbs like oregano, basil, or rosemary.
- Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat.
Tips For Storing & Reheating Leftover Lentil Stew
- Refrigeration: Store the stew in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. Let it cool completely before refrigerating to prevent condensation that can cause sogginess.
- Freezer: Divide the stew into individual portions in freezer-safe containers or bags. Leave about 1/2 inch of headspace to allow for expansion. Seal tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.
- Reheating: Stovetop is best to retain texture and flavor. Bring the stew to a simmer on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of broth or water if needed to thin.
- Microwave: Reheat in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until hot throughout. You may need to add a bit of water. Keep an eye on it as lentils can toughen in the microwave.
- Food safety: Discard any stew that has been refrigerated for longer than 5 days. Do not refreeze stew after it has been thawed. Reheat thoroughly until steaming hot.
- Storage containers: Use glass, plastic, or stainless steel containers with tight fitting lids. Do not use reactive metal containers. Divide into portions so you don’t have to reheat a large batch.
- Label: Date and label leftovers so you know when they expire. Use the oldest portions first.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I prepare this stew in a slow cooker?
Yes, just combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
What can I serve with this stew?
It’s great with crusty bread, brown rice, quinoa, or a fresh green salad.
Can I make it ahead of time?
Yes, prepare completely then refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
What if I can’t find truffle oil?
Regular olive oil will work, too or garnish with Parmesan instead.
Can I substitute kale with another green?
Absolutely! Spinach, Swiss chard, or collard greens would work well as substitutes for kale.
How can I make this stew thicker or thinner?
To make it thicker, simmer a bit longer. To thin it out, add more water or broth until you reach your desired consistency.
Truffled Lentil Veggie Stew
- 2 cups dried lentils
- 1 cup quinoa
- 64 oz chicken broth
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 med onion
- 3 lg cloves garlic *use 6 cloves for garlic lovers
- 5 med carrots
- 5 stalks celery
- 1 bunch red kale
- 2 28 oz cans whole peeled tomatoes w/juice
- 3 tsp dried thyme
- 2-3 bay leafs
- truffle oil for drizzling
- Dice onion and carrots, roughly chop celery and kale, peel and crush garlic- set aside. Inspect lentils to make sure there are no rocks and then rinse lentils in addition to quinoa- set aside.
- In a large stockpot sauté onions in the olive oil until they begin to sweat, about 3 mins. Add crushed garlic and carrots and sauté for about 4 minutes. Add kale , sauté for another 4-5 minutes or until kale is softened. Add celery and thyme, sauté for another 4 mins. Crush tomatoes by hand and add tomatoes with juice to pot. Simmer for 2-3 mins- set aside.
- In a large saucepan bring lentils to boil in half of the broth. Once boiling, let boil for 1 minute and then lower to a simmer for 1 min. Repeat this 3 times By doing so the lentils will maintain their shape. Once the 3 cycles of boiling is done add lentils to vegetable pot.
- Add remaining broth and bay leafs to vegetables. Bring to a boil for about 5 mins. At this step you may need to add an additional 2-3 cups of water if water level is too low. Add quinoa. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for approximately 30 mins or until lentils are tender.
- Serve warm. Drizzle truffle oil over individual portions.
- This recipe make a large pot of stew. Freeze half and the other half will allow for dinner plus lunches for the week.
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