Lentils with Herb Orzo and Pine Nuts

Thursday, March 15, 2012
A great side dish for that pot roast dinner!

1/2 pound dried lentils, picked over and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons parsley

1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 large bay leaf
1 teaspoon ground oregano
salt to taste
1/4 pound orzo
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
 optional: pinch of cayenne
1/4 cup pine nuts sauteed and browned with 1 tablespoon butter, add minced garlic when the pine nuts are browned and set aside.

Place the lentils in a pot with enough water to cover by 3 inches and bring to a boil. Add the garlic powder,  bay leaf, and oregano, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the lentils are almost cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.

Season with salt and add the orzo. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium­ low and simmer until the orzo is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Add pine nuts, garlic and butter and fold into the lentils and orzo.

Recipe for Pot Roast and Potatoes? Click on link below
 London Broil Pot Roast


  1. What a healthy and yuumy side dish!

  2. This is a tasty, light and healthy dish. I like orzo very much, I think it's a perfect match with lentils. Bye, have a great day

  3. This blend is very unique, I have never used lentils in this manner, but it obviously works very well. I have been missing out! I can just imagine the creaminess of the pasta with the crunch of the pine nuts in one bite. Great side dish. Enjoy the day Claudia!

  4. This sounds fantastic! I never thought about adding orzo to lentils. I will have to try this one.

  5. This plate looks so appetizing. I would do for lunch now. Well done you!

  6. I've got both lentils and orzo in my pantry! Sounds like a tasty side dish. Boomkmarking this one for sure!

  7. Love the combination of the orzo and lentils...such a great side dish for the delish pot roast. Yumm!

  8. Claudia,
    The combination of the lentils, orzo, and pine nuts is delicious, and does make a great, healthy side dish.

  9. Love how you jazzed up the lentils. Pine nuts is inspired! I could have it for lunch and skip the pot roast.

  10. Sounds wonderful, Claudia! I'll have to make a mini batch just for me...I think I've scared the family off of lentils with my two soups this winter :)

  11. What a great side! I don't use orzo nearly enough!!

  12. Wonderful - orzo are one of my favorite pasta kinds of all time, and lentils are pretty much my favorite bean. Delicious!

  13. Some grilled veggies over this side dish will make for one delicious vegan entree


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