Wild Rice With French Lentils Recipe

Peppery French green lentils hold their shape well but take longer to cook than the brown variety. The nutty flavour of wild rice makes this dish a fall-time favourite.

4-1/4 cups water, divided
1-1/2 tsp salt, divided
1 cup wild rice
2 whole cloves
1/2 onion, peeled
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium carrot, peeled, halved crosswise
1 celery stalk, halved crosswise
2 garlic cloves, peeled
4 oz. 1/4″-thick pancetta, sliced into 1/4″ cubes
1/2 cup dried French green lentils
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Step 1: Bring 2-1/2 cups water and 1 tsp salt to boil in a medium pot. Add rice and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, about 40-45 minutes. Drain and return rice to pot.

Step 2: Insert cloves into onion. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic; sauté until mixture begins to brown, about 10-12 minutes. Add pancetta and sauté until crisp, about 5 minutes. Add lentils and stir for about 1 minute. Add remaining 1-3/4 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt and bay leaf; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 35-40 minutes.

Step 3: Remove from heat (most of the liquid will have been absorbed by rice). Discard onion, carrot, celery and bay leaf. Stir rice into lentil mixture.

Step 4: Simmer rice and lentil mixture uncovered over medium heat until heated through and liquid is completely absorbed, about 6 minutes. Add parsley and stir gently to combine. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

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