Lentilles verte du Puy Croque Monsieur (Green Lentils from Puy)

Ingredients  for 6 persons

  • 60g per person Green Puy lentils from  the French Market shop
  • 2 /3 leeks
  • 100g lardons – sliced bacon pieces
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 cloves
  • Half an onion
  • ½ teaspoon Herbes de Provence from the French Market
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Wash the lentils in cold water ( they do not need to soak)
  2. Wash the leeks carefully and slice
  3. Peel and chop the carrot
  4. Peel the onion, cut in half and stick the 2 cloves into it
  5. Chop the tomatoes into chunks ( you can remove the skins if you wish)
  6. Chop bacon into small pieces and fry in a heavy based saucepan
  7. Add the leeks and fry for a few minutes
  8. Add the lentils and turn in the bacon and leeks
  9. Add the chopped tomatoes and Herbs and stir in
  10. Cover with water (or chicken stock) (about 4 times the volume of the lentils ) and allow to simmer gently. (Don’t boil)
  11. Stir from time to time to make sure mixture does not get too dry and stick to pan
  12. Cook until tender, and liquid has reduced about 25 – 30 minutes.
  13. Remove the onion and cloves
  14. Test for seasoning and add salt and pepper as required

Serve hot accompanied by a glass of Charles Fox Rose Brut or a Trousseau from the Jura.

Bon Appétit!

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