Lentils with Herbs and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Lentils with Herbs and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Black Beluga Lentils


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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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.  


Calories per serving:

255 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 40 g
  • Protein 8 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 8 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 802 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 40 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 26 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 2 µg
  • Ash 4 g
  • Calcium, Ca 47 mg
  • Carotene, alpha 80 µg
  • Carotene, beta 238 µg
  • Choline, total 16 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 18 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 3 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 3 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 9 g
  • Folate, DFE 72 µg
  • Folate, food 72 µg
  • Folate, total 73 µg
  • Iron, Fe 2 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 37 µg
  • Lycopene 463 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 57 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 1 mg
  • Niacin 2 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 123 mg
  • Potassium, K 661 mg
  • Selenium, Se 1 µg
  • Sodium, Na 1277 mg
  • Sugars, total 4 g
  • Water 91 g
  • Zinc, Zn 1 mg
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