Recipe Sharing: Lentil Barley Stew

During my junior year of college I was a resident assistant (RA) in one of the dorms. Each Monday night, the RA staff (six of us) and our boss (RD) had dinner in the RD’s apartment and then had our “business” meeting. We all took turns cooking the meals, which actually turned out pretty well for college students who really had no experience in the kitchen. This stew was one of the meals our RD made for is from the “More with Less” cookbook (which I just Googled to find out is indeed a Mennonite recipe collection as I had correctly recalled). It obviously stuck with me since I am still making it over a decade *ahem* later. It is the perfect meal for a cool, fall day; plus it’s vegetarian-, budget- and diet-friendly – those Mennonites are so handy in the kitchen.

Let’s pretend I thought to take a picture of all the ingredients
(missing from the above: butter, celery, onion and carrots).

What you’ll need:
1/4 c. butter or margarine
3/4 c. celery, chopped
1 small yellow or white onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
3/4 c. lentils
6 c. water (or more – see directions)
3/4 c. barley (I used quick barley)
2 14-oz. cans diced tomatoes
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2-1 tsp. rosemary


Here is the missing butter, celery, onion and carrots, happily cooking away.

Melt butter in large pot, add onions, celery and carrots and saute for 5 minutes over medium-high heat (until onions go transluscent and start to brown).

Add water and lentils and boil 20 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer 45-60 minutes. I think because I used quick barley, I needed to add more water and perhaps the cooking time didn’t have to be as long for this bit, just watch your pot and make sure it doesn’t all dry up or you will have a burnt mess. You can add more water without ruining the recipe (I rinsed the tomato cans and added that water and probably another 1.5 cups worth in the end).

Enjoy with some hearty bread!


7 responses to “Recipe Sharing: Lentil Barley Stew

  1. I’m so glad you posted this recipe–it was such a big hit will all of us last week! Brian even declared that it was his favorite meal that we’ve been given (and we’ve had some pretty tasty food!) And the rolls and brownies were delicious too! Let’s talk soon about maybe doing something with the boys on Saturday.

    • So, so glad you guys liked it! I made it again for myself on Monday and thought to take pictures and post it! It is really easy and delicious! Yes – what time is your soccer game(s) on Saturday – want to get together in the afternoon? Simon’s rugby is probably during the afternoon so we’d love company!

  2. I’d also like to get together. And that looks so good! What did you mean here is the missing butter? Did you leave it out?

    • Just forgot to take a picture of it earlier with the rest of the ingredients 🙂 You should make it – it’s yummy! And you should definitely come over! 😉

  3. This sounds really good. I’ll have to try this one!

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