This is my go to filling comfort meal. A fab, easy mid week recipe and a great way to pack in more legumes to your diet. Also a good meal to make in a bigger batch and freeze portions to reheat when you have less time/energy to cook a whole home cooked meal.
Lentils: Green or brown tinned lentils provide the best texture for this dish. I have made it with red lentils before but this will take a little longer for the lentils to cook. The picture shows a mix of green and brown lentils.
Spice: If you love a bit more spice you can add in some chilli flakes with the other spices and a lil sprinkle on top!
Tomatoes: Regular chopped (tinned) tomatoes will also work if you don’t have plum to hand. I just find that plum tomatoes are much more flavorful.
Coconut sugar: Any kind of sweetener will work here too, coconut sugar is a little less sweet than regular sugar so go careful with this, you don’t want a sweet pasta dish! I would also advise to taste as you go when adding the coconut sugar, to adjust for your own preferences.
Stock: I use a low salt stock cube for all my cooking. I prefer having the control of how much salt I add myself. If you only have regular stock though, no worries, maybe omit the extra salt later or taste before you add.
(The garlic bread is Tesco own brand one – its accidentally vegan!)
Time: 35 minutes
- 1 tin plum tomatoes
- 1 tin green lentils – rinsed well and drained
- 1 small onion
- 1-3 cloves of garlic
- veggie stock cube (i use a low salt one)
- 1 tsp miso paste
- 1 tbsp red wine vinigar
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh basil (opt)
- Finely chop the onions and garlic and add to a pan with the veggie stock cube plus a small amount of water (about 1 tbsp) saute on medium heat until the onions become translucent and the stock cube has mixed in.
- Add in the plum tomatoes, the lentils and the tomato puree.
- Squish the tomatoes a little with the back of your spoon or a fork as you stir so that the mix becomes less chunky.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients, stir well then cover and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes for it to thicken.
- Mix in finely chopped fresh basil, adjust the salt and pepper for taste preference and serve.
- Top with some cracked black pepper, and extra fresh basil on top.