Lentil Pilaf


If you're searching for tasty vegetarian recipes, make sure you try out this easy lentil recipe. Lentil help make the dish hearty, while fennel and carrots add a serving of healthy veggies.

Lentil Pilaf
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 ¼ cup dry French lentils or other dry lentils

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 large onion or 3 leeks, chopped (1 cup)

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons)

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped (1 cup), tops reserved

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped (1 cup)

  • 1 medium red or green sweet pepper, chopped (1 cup)

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh parsley

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh basil, thyme, or marjoram; or 1 teaspoon dried basil, thyme, or marjoram, crushed

  • 2 tablespoon Pernod, anisette, or other anise-flavor liqueur (optional)

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine lentils, bay leaves, and 3 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 20 minutes or until tender.

  2. Meanwhile, cook onion or leeks and garlic in hot oil in a large saucepan about 3 minutes or until tender. Add fennel and carrots; cook 3 minutes more. Add sweet pepper; wine; parsley; herb; liqueur, if desired; and salt. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until carrots are tender.

  3. Drain lentils, discarding bay leaves; stir into fennel mixture. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

170 Calories
4g Fat
25g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 170
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 21.8mg 109%
Iron 4.1mg 23%

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

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