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Lentils and buckwheat simmer to make a hearty stew. This is a typical 'zuppa' for a winter evening in Italy. Serve with crusty bread topped with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Typical to most Italian food, this is healthy and delicious.

Recipe Summary

cook:
40 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 55 mins
prep:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Soak lentils in a bowl of cold water for 1 hour. Drain and set aside.

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  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed stew pot over medium heat. Add grated onion and carrot and saute until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add lentils and bay leaves and stir until coated with oil. Pour in 3 cups vegetable broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Leave at a slow boil for 10 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to a simmer and add buckwheat. Simmer until lentils are soft but not mushy and buckwheat is cooked through, about 25 minutes, adding remaining broth if needed. Remove from the heat and fold in fresh spinach until wilted. Remove bay leaves.

  • Serve hot with a 1/2 tablespoon olive oil drizzled on top of each portion.

Nutrition Facts

224 calories; protein 7.2g; carbohydrates 28.9g; fat 10g; sodium 191.7mg. Full Nutrition
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