Braised Fennel with Lentil-Quinoa Pilaf

braised fennel with lentil quinoa pilaf
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  • 8Servings


  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 large fennel bulbs with fronds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp EVOO, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnishing
  • 5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard


In 2 separate saucepans, cook the lentils and quinoa according to package directions. Let cool. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.

Meanwhile, halve the fennel bulbs lengthwise, then cut each half lengthwise into 3 wedges (you'll have 18 wedges total). Chop the fronds and measure out 6 tbsp. Divide the butter and 2 tbsp. EVOO between 2 large skillets; heat over medium heat. Divide the fennel in a single layer between the skillets and cook on one side until browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Flip the fennel and cook until browned on the other side, about 5 minutes. Divide the broth between the skillets. Cover and cook over low heat until the fennel is tender when pierced with a sharp knife, about 20 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, toss the lentils with the fennel fronds, 1/4 cup EVOO, 1/4 cup parsley, the vinegar and mustard. Add the quinoa and toss gently; season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the pilaf to a large platter; top with the braised fennel. Drizzle with a little EVOO and sprinkle with more chopped parsley.