French Lentils with Garlic and Onion

French Lentils with Garlic and Onion
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Ed Schwarz, Fine Wine Cellars, Stowe, Vermont

1 cup French lentils, dried (you can find them in specialty markets.  These came from Sunflower Market in Waterbury, Vermont)
1 cup red pepper, diced
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup carrot, diced
1 tablespoon garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon kosher salt (or more to taste)
1 teaspoons pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil

Rinse dried lentils and place in 2 quart pot.  Fill pot with water to double level of lentils.  Bring water to boil and boil lentils for 15-to-25 minutes, until tender.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet and add onion and carrot.  Sauté 3 minutes on medium high.

Add red pepper and cook another 2 minutes.

Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring often.

When lentils are tender, use a colander to strain then add lentils to the cooked vegetables in the sauté pan.  Stir in salt and pepper.

Can be served warm or room temperature.