How to Make Esau's Pottage Lentil Stew

Here's a hearty lentil stew that will make you consider selling your birthright to get it... just as Esau did. Warm, delicious fresh or as leftovers, this crock pot recipe is easy to make.

This dish is described in the bible so if you want to make it more authentic, use traditional, unprocessed ingredients. The recipe is also incredibly adaptable so if you are handy in the kitchen and like to be creative, add any ingredients you think will taste good. Get started at step one below for the basic method and ingredients.


  • 1 pound bag of lentils
  • Water
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 TBS Olive Oil
  • 2-3 stalks of Celery (chopped)
  • 1/4th of an onion (chopped)
  • 2 TBS McKay's Chicken Seasoning and Broth or any similar product or real broth, stock, stock cubes or your own favourite combination of herbs and spices
  • Textured Vegetable Protein (optional, can substitute diced chicken)
  • 1 can of Diced Tomatoes (optional)
  • Garlic (to taste, optional)


  1. 1
    Set up your crock pot and plug it in.
  2. 2
    Rinse the lentils to remove dirt or stones.
  3. 3
    Put the lentils into the crock pot and cover them with at least 2 inches (5.1 cm) of water.
  4. 4
    Set the crock pot on high
  5. 5
    Chop the onion finely and put it in.
  6. 6
    Chop the celery and put it in.
  7. 7
    Add the Olive Oil, Salt and broth, stock or herbs and spices.
  8. 8
    Add the Textured Vegetable Protein if desired.
  9. 9
    Allow the stew to cook overnight (around 8 hours, or until the lentils are soft enough to squeeze between your thumb and forefinger). Add water if necessary to prevent drying out or burning.
  10. 10
    Add the diced tomatoes half an hour before serving for best texture and flavor.


  • This tastes great over rice or with toast or slices of fresh, crusty bread.

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