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Lentil-and-Rice Pilaf

The recipe for this savory side dish comes from Norm Matthews of Junction City, Kansas.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2004


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 thinly sliced onions
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups brown lentils
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium canned vegetable broth


  1. In a 10-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden and caramelized, 35 to 40 minutes. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper.

  2. Meanwhile, in a 3-quart saucepan, bring 5 cups water to a boil. Stir in brown lentils; reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain; rinse pan.

  3. Return lentils to pan; add long-grain rice and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Cook until rice is tender and has absorbed liquid, 10 to 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Scatter onions on pilaf.


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