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One Pot Lentils and Rice

Pack in whole grains and legumes with this healthy, easy side dish that’s full of flavorThese lentils and rice cook together in one pot, and feed a crowd.

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: One Pot Lentils and Rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 382kcal


  • 1 cup French lentils, raw
  • 1 cup brown rice, raw
  • 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
  • 3 1/2 cup chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 3 tablespoon parsley, fresh
  • 3 tablespoon green onion


  • Rinse rice (we prefer long grain brown rice) and lentils thoroughly in three changes of water. Drain well.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the drained rice and lentils and toss until well-coated.
  • Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer, covered, undisturbed, for 30-40 minutes, until broth is mostly absorbed and rice and lentils are tender.
  • Remove from heat and let rest 5-10 minutes before fluffing with a fork. (Avoid stirring vigorously, as that creates too  creamy a texture. The rice and lentils are best when the grains are tender, but separate.)
  • Fold in parsley and green onions, and serve.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 954mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g