My Mom's Lentils

This was one of my very favorite things my mom would make when I was growing up. Now, it's one of my favorite, easy go to recipes. Hope you enjoy!


2 tbsp olive oil

3 leeks, chopped (just the white part)

2 cups diced button mushrooms

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1 bag shredded carrots (you can chop, I'm just lazy)

1 28 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes

2 cups lentils (you can use yellow or red)

8 cups chicken stock or water

1 bag spinach

Salt, Pepper, Tabasco to taste


- Heat olive oil over medium heat  in large stock pot, add leeks, mushrooms, garlic, and carrots. Cook, stirring occassionally, until slightly softened, about 6 minutes

- Add fire roasted tomatoes, lentils, and chicken stock

- Turn up heat to medium high and stir thoroughly. Let simmer with lid tilted off. Cook until lentils are soft and liquid is almost all gone, about 30-45 minutes

- Add spinach, stir and cover with lid until wilted

- Salt, Pepper, and Tabasco to your taste preference


This recipe makes about 10 servings; it heats up wonderfully and can even be frozen.