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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
  • 2 quarts low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ΒΌ tsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. 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, low sodium vegetable broth, 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 salt and pepper.
  3. Stir the chard into the simmering lentils. Cook until the lentils and greens are tender (5-10 minutes).
  4. Serve warm topped with Parmesan cheese.


Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 340; Total Fat 3.5g (4% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 1g (3% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 1mg (0% DV); Sodium 375mg (16% DV); Total Carbohydrate 58g (21% DV); Dietary Fiber 11g (39% DV); Total Sugars 5g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 20g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 8% DV; Iron 35% DV; Potassium 15% DV; Vitamin K 180% DV; Folate 90% DV; Copper 70% DV.
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