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Lentil Stew with Fresh Herbs and Wild Garlic

Lentils Stew with Fresh Herbs and Wild Garlic

Ingredients (serves 2 as a main course)

1 jar of lentils

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2 tbsp good quality olive oil

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1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
2 celery stalk, finely chopped
Small bunch of wild garlic. Try and get some with flowers if you can
2 bay leaves
Small bunch of tarragon
Small bunch of parsley
250ml good quality vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to season

Method

  1. To make this Lentil Stew with Fresh Herbs and Wild Garlic, first wash all the fresh herbs thoroughly. Then separate the stalks from the leaves and set to one side
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan
  3. Gently sweat the onion, carrot and celery for 5 mins or until the vegetables become translucent 
  4. Next add the bay leaves and the stalks from the herbs. Soutee for another 2 mins
  5. Add the vegetable stock and the whole jar of lentils – juice and all – and bring the pan to the boil
  6. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins to reduce the liquid to a stew-like consistency
  7. Rip up all the fresh herbs by hand and add to your pot
  8. Mix well. Taste and season with salt and pepper
  9. If you can resist, leave the dish for 10 mins to rest
  10. Add the wild garlic flowers and place your Lentil Stew with Fresh Herbs and Wild Garlic in the middle of the table so everyone can help themselves

A great mid-week recipe. Quick to prepare and vegan and vegetarian. However, if you like you can add some grilled chicken, grilled fish or seafood.  For some extra umami why not grate some parmesan over this delicious lentil stew.