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Lentil stew the way my mother made it

11 comments Dec 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: easy and fast, Recipes, Stew

I love lentils in anz form but this recipe is my favourite. Probably because my mother used to cook them this way, as a stew. Lentil stew is a hearty dish with few ingredients. Growing up in Tyrol, speck was added to the dish. An ingredient the region is famous for. Often some slab was added during the cooking process, which later was removed again in order to give some extra taste to the dish. Lentil stew I can always eat, sometimes with a sausage or just a piece of bread.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

cooking time: 30 minutes

simple recipe


  • 1/4 kilo lentils (dry)
  • a leek
  • 3 carrots
  • an onion
  • ome tyrolean bacon or speck
  • 2 spoons of honey
  • 4 spoons of mustard
  • 3 spoons of redwine vinegar
  • bayleaves
  • salt and pepper
  • some olive oil for frying


Soak the lentils over night in water. Drian them and put them to boil in plenty of water. They should be soft, but al dente after 10 minutes. Drain them once more.

You could be using canned lentils as well. In this case start form here.

Peel the carrots and slice them finely.

Peel and dice the onion. Fry both in a big pot with some oil on medium heat.

Cube the speck or bacon and fry it in a small pan until it is crusty.

Add the honey to to carrots and onions and mix well.

Cut the leek into stripes and add to the carrot mixture. Stir and fry for a minute then add the vinegar. Add the bay leaves, the bacon (speck), the mustard and the lentils and stir well. You might want to add a cup of water. The ingredients should be covered in liquid and simmer for 20 minutes.

Season with salt and peper. Ready to serve.

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  1. That is also the way I’ve learnt to make lentils! Delicious!

    I just wanted to let you know that I have received the book I won. What a wonderful cookbook with gorgeous recipes! Such a great thing to win! Thank you so much!

    Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!



  2. Dear Rosa,

    I am very happy that you liked the book! I am also glad that you received it before Christmas, I was worried a bit :)

    Have nice hollidays.
    All the best

  3. We love lentils/fakes as well and this is a perfect preparation! We usually make them vegetarian but will some day add the bacon as it adds a wonderful smokly flavor I am sure!

  4. I love when bacon is added to beans. But, I’ve never had it in lentils. What a nice idea.

    Have a nice Christmas Tobias!

  5. Happy Holidays!

  6. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !

  7. What a tasty recipe; I love lentil soup….I’m going to make this recipe next week…I’m so excited. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

  8. I wish you have happy holidays !
    Full of nostimies !

  9. Yum! I have never made lentils this way, reminds me of the French dish “petit salé aux lentilles”. Lentils are “it” for me I could eat them every day of the week!
    Happy holidays!

  10. Thanks for sharing such a lovely recipe! And many, many wishes for all things wonderful for you in the New Year!

  11. I’ve been eating a lot of lentils this winter. Delicious! I like your recipe.


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