Lentils with Herbs and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Lentils with Herbs and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Staff Writer
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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4
Servings
400
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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
28g
40%
Sugar
12g
13%
Saturated Fat
23g
96%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
34g
26%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
12µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
12mg
16%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
22µg
24%
Calcium, Ca
83mg
8%
Choline, total
26mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
19µg
5%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
50mg
16%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
90mg
13%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
250mg
17%
Water
4g
0%
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.