French Lentils with Lemony Shrimp and Asparagus

We’re having lentils for supper! Wait, don’t cry.

French Lentils with Lemony Shrimp and Asparagus / Bev Cooks

I’ll never say supper again, I swear it.

So this is how this went down. A few weeks ago I had mega mama plans for lentils, shrimp and asparagus. You know how when you decide on a meal, you envision how it will look, right? Like, will the asparagus be whole, cut on the diagonal, or thinly sliced into tiny pieces? Will the shrimp be verging on crusty with a nice sear, or will it be more opaque, braised in a butter bath? Will the lentils be whole, or mashed through a ricer and dunked in turpentine? I’m just kidding I would NEVER put lentils through a ricer.

Anyway, I had a vision. But as luck would have it, by the time el hubso walked through the door at 5:30 pm, I was like, zonky donked. So incredibly tired my nasal hair felt heavy. Have I mentioned I have twins babies? I have twin babies. Twin babies who are both teething gargoyles from the aphotic abyss. So yeah, I didn’t cook. I tried giving Aaron rinky dink instructions as he shoved me out of the kitchen and onto the sofa, “yeah yeah yeah I gaaaat thiiiis.”

His vision? Totally different from mine!

French Lentils with Lemony Shrimp and Asparagus / Bev Cooks  French Lentils with Lemony Shrimp and Asparagus / Bev Cooks

Mine didn’t have butter in it. I suck.

His did. He wins.

Mine didn’t have nearly as much garlic. I lose.

His had lots. He rules.

Mine had the asparagus cut into small diagonal pieces. I bore.

His had long, tender sexy spears draping over the whole dish. He kills.

And don’t forget about the lemon juice! Dudes, it’s like a deep tissue massage and a bucket of cold water on your meal. Not in a weird way. Maybe I should rephrase this.

Don’t forget about the lemon juice! Dudes, it’s like a soothing bubble bath for your meal. Not in a gross way! Hold on. This isn’t going well.

Don’t forget about the lemon juice! Dudes, it will drip down into the lentils and become this lovely little dancy pants sauce with the butter and garlic and you will absolutely lose your mind.

French Lentils with Lemony Shrimp and Asparagus / Bev Cooks

You can cry now.

French Lentils with Shrimp and Asparagus:

What it took for 2:

* 1/3 cup French lentils (le puy if you can find it)
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 Tbs. butter
* 1/2 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* juice of one lemon
* fresh parmesan for grating
* fresh parsley for garnish

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the lentils and boil until tender, but not broken, about 20 minutes. Check for a nice mix of tender and toothy. Drain any excess water. Toss a tsp of olive oil in it and give it a quick stir.

Heat 2 Tbs. oil and butter in a large sauté pan. When the butter is melted and begins to foam, add the asparagus. Season with a little salt and and toss it around until it pops in color, maybe two minutes.

Scoot the asparagus over and add the garlic and shrimp. Season with salt, pepper and the crushed red pepper. Sear for a minute and a half, flip and sear another 30 seconds. Give everything a good squeeze of lemon and toss the pan around. The scent is going to knock your whole face off.

Divide the lentils among two bowls or plates. Top with the asparagus spears and a good spoonful of seared shrimp. Garnish with fresh parmesan and parsley. Serve with more lemon wedges! Always.

French Lentils with Lemony Shrimp and Asparagus / Bev Cooks

Go, Aaron.


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18 Responses to French Lentils with Lemony Shrimp and Asparagus

  1. Sues October 6, 2014 at 9:15 pm #
    I'll totally have lentils for dinner if they look like this :)
    • Deb Rhoads April 19, 2017 at 9:11 pm #
      Just delicious! On a whim, trying to use leftover asparagus & shrimp from Easter- this turned out perfect!
  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks October 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm #
    Love this whole thing! And it's amazing that you guys don't just eat Cheerios for dinner every night with your two little bundles of teething joy :)
  3. Liz @ Floating Kitchen October 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm #
    Hubs is a total keeper! This dish sounds amazing. And I'm cracking up, as usual!
  4. Mary Beth October 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm #
    this looks delish and so quick and easy!! one quick little tip, salt the water when cooking the lentils. add pepper too. makes a world of difference. :)
    • Bev Weidner October 7, 2014 at 6:38 am #
      Ooooo! I usually salt the water, but pepper!? I'm on it.
    • Lucy MainClean October 7, 2014 at 9:52 am #
      It's true, my mother cooks like this. I love this recipe! The lemon and parmesan really complement it.
  5. Sharana @ Living THe Sweet Life blog October 7, 2014 at 8:42 am #
    sooo ... this meal, pretty much wins life.
  6. Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 7, 2014 at 9:53 am #
    This looks absolutely delicious!!! Unfortunately, a recent shrimp allergy means this has to stay out of my kitchen (I miss shrimp!) but I might try it subbing a different seafood in - maybe scallops!
  7. dixya | food, pleasure, and health October 7, 2014 at 11:10 am #
    this looks very delicious!
  8. Eileen October 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm #
    Ooh, this sounds delightful! I heart lentils and am definitely happy to see them used as a base for tender lovely shrimp and just-done asparagus. :)
  9. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. October 8, 2014 at 12:21 am #
    Way to go hubby! This looks like a big bowl of yum.
  10. Ellie October 9, 2014 at 8:15 pm #
    Just made this. It was bananas. You know what I mean. Go Aaron Go!
  11. Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen October 9, 2014 at 8:55 pm #
    Totes understand being zonky donked. I have a one year old who has apparently decided that napping during the day is for the birds.
  12. Hilary October 18, 2014 at 9:14 am #
    Made this last night. Seriously delicious, my 4 year old daughter and husband loved it!! Added a little white wine to the pan at then end, sometimes it's a must!
  13. dmama March 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm #
    Did I read this too fast or did I miss the step that adds the garlic? Going to give it a shot adding it with the rest of the seasonings.


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