This wonderful cold-weather recipe fills you up. It really hits the spot when you want warm comfort food. The beer gives it a hearty flavor. The maple helps complement the bacon, onions, celery, and carrot base.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place a large pot over medium-high heat; cook the bacon in the pot until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the onion and garlic; continue to cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the celery and carrot; cook another 2 minutes.

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  • Pour the beef stock and beer into the pot; bring to a boil. Stir in the lentils, syrup, nutmeg, caraway seed, and celery salt; cover and cook for 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

364.6 calories; 22 g protein; 46.1 g carbohydrates; 15.2 mg cholesterol; 533 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2007
A nice hearty fall meal. I liked the flavor of the beer and the maple - it gave it a slightly sweet flavor. I did cook it down longer than suggested (about 65 minutes) so it was the thickness I liked. After the 45 minutes suggested it was more like a soup. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2007
I took the advice of another reviewer and cooked it for 65 minutes and thought that was a good length of time. I would use a little less maple syrup next time as it was very sweet. My family thought it was only "okay" which is why I give it a 3 star rating. Maybe it will be even tastier the next day. Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2007
A nice hearty fall meal. I liked the flavor of the beer and the maple - it gave it a slightly sweet flavor. I did cook it down longer than suggested (about 65 minutes) so it was the thickness I liked. After the 45 minutes suggested it was more like a soup. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2007
A nice hearty fall meal. I liked the flavor of the beer and the maple - it gave it a slightly sweet flavor. I did cook it down longer than suggested (about 65 minutes) so it was the thickness I liked. After the 45 minutes suggested it was more like a soup. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2007
A thoroughly solid lentil stew. There was more flavour than my Oma's but dumplings (like hers) would really put this in five star territory. Be careful with the amount of dried lentils that you add as it will drastically change the amount of liquid left over. I found 1 and a half cups of lentils created a thick stew while a single cup had significantly more broth. I used both red and green lentils together with success. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2007
We are lentil lovers in our house so I was looking forward to trying this soup with a twist. It really was very good and a good alternative to a classic German Lentil soup. The 4 star rating is because the beer I used was a bit too bitter and the next time I will choose another brand. I also suggest to cook up a bit more bacon so you have some to crumble on top when serving. I served it with homemade cornbread which really complimented it well. This is a soup that will help us get through the cold winter! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2007
My husband loved this stew. The maple lends a hint of sweetness. I also added kielbasa to mine which I add to just about every soup/stew that involves legumes! Makes for a good meat addition. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2010
I made this using low sodium beef broth instead of beer and added sausage.My hubby loved it.Thankyou. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2007
I took the advice of another reviewer and cooked it for 65 minutes and thought that was a good length of time. I would use a little less maple syrup next time as it was very sweet. My family thought it was only "okay" which is why I give it a 3 star rating. Maybe it will be even tastier the next day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2010
This was very tasty! Since my children are young I omitted the beer which probably would have made this truly great and give it a little contrasting flavor. I added a pound of ground beef which was overkill so I would omit any additional meat or reduce the amount next time. I also cooked it longer to make it less soupy. I'll add some chard or leeks next time to add a few extra vitamins since this already packs in the protein. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2010
Super duper fantastic. Giving it a 5 star rating because the recipe is nice on it's own but it's easy to play around with which makes it a real winner. I use canned lentils and I added a 1/4 cup or so of dried red lentil to deal with the soupy-ness some other reviewers have mentioned. The dried lentils help thicken it up and give it a nice taste while boiling. I also use veggie broth instead of beef (personal pref). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2012
Excellent stew. Prepared by the recipe - used Sam Adams' Winter Lager for the beer - and served it over brown rice. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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