30 of Our Very Best Lentil Recipes
You probably have a bag (or two, or three) of lentils in your pantry. And — just guessing here — you may occasionally glance at it when considering what to make for dinner, before dismissing the idea — who has time for all that, right?
You do. Trust us. That humble bag of lentils — whether they’re brown or green or red — is not only easy to make, but it’s your ticket to a delicious, filling, and good-for-you dinner. Lentils are quick-cooking, packed with protein, and it doesn’t take a lot to turn them into a cheap, healthy, delicious meal. Here, to help you take the plunge, are 30 of our very best and most popular lentil recipes, from soups and salads to grain bowls, and even a one-pot pasta. Put these delicious little lens-shaped seeds on your menu tonight.
Lentil Cooking Basics
If you’re fairly new to cooking lentils, start here. These two basic methods teach you how easy it is to cook any variety.
A salad filled with lentils and vegetables, that’s tossed in a flavor-packed dressing, is one of our favorite make-ahead meals. It’s the perfect thing to reach for when you need lunch during the week or a fast dinner.
When you think of lentils, it’s soup that probably first comes to mind. There really isn’t anything more homey and comforting than a big, steaming bowl.
Dal, Curries, and Braises
Indian dal and curries are really when lentils are given their time to shine. The legume also takes wonderfully to being braised slowly on the stovetop.
Other Great Lentil Recipes
Lentils are truly an incredibly versatile pantry staple. Transform them into a meaty yet meatless pasta sauce, use them as the base of a grain bowl or casserole, and more.