Monday, February 9, 2009

Bow-Tied Lentil Narsh-Narsh

I love lentils- I sneak them into dishes a lot. The canned ones are so easy because you don't have to soak them! I didn't know what I was making when I started making dinner tonight.... and this is what it ended up being. I am not sure if it is soup or pasta (you could add more stock to make it more soup-like), so my husband named it : )

Bow-Tied Lentil Narsh-Narsh

4 oz Salt Pork, cut into thin strips, and then chopped (or use bacon)
1 15 oz can brown lentils, drained
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 cup small pasta (i obviously used mini-bow-tie)
4-5 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
3-4 drops tabasco

1. saute salt pork over medium heat until brown edges form. skim some of the fat out, then add the carrots, celery, onion, and shallot. reduce heat to medium-low. sweat the veggies until tender, but not mushy.
2. Add the lentils, the vegetable stock, and pasta. Season with salt and pepper, paprika, and tabasco, and turn the heat to high. Bring to a boil, boiling until the pasta is al dente. Serve!

Makes about 4 servings


  1. Ok, I've never bought canned lentils & I've never soaked the dried ones, maybe I'm doing something wrong

  2. I don't always soak the dried ones either- now that I actually think about it- it just takes so much longer with the dried ones than canned! I use both though