French Lentils With Chard

Number of Servings: 6 (182g)
Active Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 1 hour
French Lentils with Chard

A perfect dinner for those nights when you could just use something hearty and warm, this classic French lentil stew is a vegetarian delight. Simple to prepare and comforting to the senses, once you make this, you’ll want to keep lentils on hand more often. If you can’t wait around for the lentils to cook, start the dish in the morning and let the softened savories, lentils, herbs, and broth cook in the slow cooker for 4 hours on high or 6 on low and add the greens twenty minutes before serving.


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley
  • 1 lb. French lentils
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stemmed and coarsely chopped

    Optional Garnishes*:

    • Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften (3-5 minutes). Add the carrot and celery and cook, stirring, until all the vegetables are tender (4-5 minutes). Add the garlic and continue to cook, stirring, until fragrant (30 seconds).
  2. Tie the herbs together. Add the lentils, 2 quarts of water, and herbs to the pan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until lentils are almost tender (40 minutes). Remove the herb bundle and add pepper to taste.
  3. Stir the chard into the simmering lentils. Cook until the lentils and greens are tender (5-10 minutes).

*Optional garnishes have not been included in the rating of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

Serving Size 182g

Amount per serving
Calories 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.5g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 145mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 4g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 41g
Protein 20g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 73.5mg 6%
Iron 6.2mg 35%
Potassium 845mg 20%
Vitamin A 347.2mcg 40%
Vitamin C 24.1mg 25%
Vitamin E 1.9mg 15%
Vitamin K 483.2mcg 400%
Thiamin 0.7mg 60%
Riboflavin 0.2mg 15%
Niacin 5.5mg 40%
Vitamin B6 0.6mg 30%
Folate 380.3mcg 95%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 4.1mcg 15%
Chloride 4.6mg 0%
Pantothenate 1.8mg 40%
Phosphorus 255.8mg 20%
Iodine 0.4mcg 0%
Magnesium 87.2mg 20%
Zinc 2.8mg 25%
Selenium 1mcg 2%
Copper 0.7mg 80%
Manganese 1.4mg 60%
Chromium 0.1mcg 0%
Molybdenum 5.1mcg 10%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Lentils, Swiss Chard, Carrots, Onion, Celery, Olive Oil, Garlic, Parsley, Bay Leaf, Thyme.

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