Lentils with Herbs and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Lentils with Herbs and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Black Beluga Lentils

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Black Beluga Lentils

These lentils make a quick, flavorful, and simple side dish that's fantastic with roast meats. To keep the texture interesting, half of the lentils were left whole instead of puréed, and sun-dried tomato oil lends body and creaminess.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2  Cup  sun-dried tomatoes, cut into strips
  • 1/2  Cup  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  sage, chopped
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  thyme, chopped
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  rosemary, chopped
  • bay leaf, preferably fresh
  • 2  Cups  black beluga lentils
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Fill a small saucepan with the sun-dried tomatoes and add enough water just to cover the tomatoes. Simmer for 20 minutes and drain well.

Fill a small saucepan with the rehydrated tomatoes and add just enough olive oil to cover. Simmer for 20 minutes and let the tomatoes cool in oil. Drain when cool; reserve the tomatoes and oil.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan. When warm, add the herbs and bay leaf. Sauté until aromatic. Add the lentils and just enough water to cover. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer until and creamy rather than chalky inside. Continue to cook until the bottom of the pan is dry.

Place half of the lentils in a food processor and pulse until broken. Pour into a bowl and fold the remaining whole lentils into them. Add the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and add reserved the sun-dried tomato oil to make creamy. Serve warm or at room temperature.  

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
31g
44%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
21g
16%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
18µg
3%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
26mg
35%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
24µg
27%
Calcium, Ca
54mg
5%
Choline, total
35mg
8%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
6µg
2%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
61mg
19%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
144mg
21%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
380mg
25%
Water
91g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Lentil Shopping Tip

Legumes are high in a number of nutrients, especially protein and fiber – filling you up with relatively few calories.

Lentil Cooking Tip

Beans are done when they can be easily mashed with a fork – make sure to test a few in case they have not cooked evenly.