Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew

February/March 2006

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Modeled on North African stews, this aromatic vegetarian main course can be served over brown rice or steamed spinach.

"It wasn't bad, but we definitely won't be making it again. Not very much flavor (and I did use the garlic, parsley & hot sauce). ***If you're going to try this recipe anyway, I would suggest making pumpkin bread as well. It's very...
Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew

46 Reviews for Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew

Not very good - mushy

The ingredients all looked great, but the end result was just not that good. I ended up putting the mush into a blender and added more seasoning. Edible now.
Won't make this again.

Healthy ingredients

This is sadly lacking in good flavor. The chickpeas, lentils and squash all end up tasting like the same mush. Eliminate the chickpeas or lentils - both just make it too mushy. Also, I'd use a can of diced tomatoes (even Ro-Tel) rather than the tomato past to *lighten* up this heavy dish. I will not be making this again.

Stovetop version

We enjoyed this tonight. Used ingredients on hand = 1# canned chickpeas, precooked squash along with dried lentils and other ingredients except for saffron. I cooked all on stovetop in 1 hr so it was a winner as far as cooking time with minimal prep. Will stretch leftovers by serving over rice or other tasty whole grain.

quick, easy, tasty

This was AWFUL and I'll never make it again. It cooked down to a mushy, revolting mess. The peanuts and cilantro made it edible. I had one serving but threw out the rest (and I *hate* throwing out food)!

Cheap to prepare. Easy to preparee
Very flavorful

This is really good! I used brown lentils instead of red, butternut squash, and skipped the saffron and it tasted just wonderful. The squash adds a sweet taste and the rest of the flavors meld together.

I agree that it's even better the second day and freezes well. This one is on heavy lunch rotation for me - just the soup (4 servings), no rice or other sides. However, my calorie count comes up the same for 4 servings as Eating Well has for 8...

Comments (1)


katiedid wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

Oops, I guess I used

Oops, I guess I used butterCUP squash.

I think the brown lentils hold up better than red so maybe that's why my stew didn't turn into complete mush like others did.

As for the calorie difference... the only thing I can figure out is that I didn't use the peanuts and my brown lentils must have less calories than their red ones. I used the Recipe Builder feature on and the info on my actual packages of ingredients and I come up with about 160 calories per serving.

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