I have officially learned how to make a decent lentil soup/stew thing. It’s very exciting because A) lentils are cheap and healthy and B) this brings the total number of dishes I know how to make into double figures with 10. Lentils are also awesome because overcooking them seems to have no impact on the taste of the food. They just get mushier and mushier but taste exactly the same.


  • Bag of lentils (sold near the rice)
  • Water–twice as much by volume as the lentils
  • A few carrots
  • A fatty onion (yellow is tastiest)
  • Ham
  • Salt
  • Tabasco sauce


  1. Combined in a pot made of something that won’t melt, bring the lentils and water to a boil and then turn the heat way down.
  2. Chop up the onion, carrots, and ham, and add them to the pot.
  3. Add salt and tobasco sauce to taste. You’ll probably end up adding way more than you expected because lentils just soak that stuff up.
  4. Wait for a while. Twenty minutes seems to be pretty good.
  5. Eat ’em!