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Friday, 4 November 2016

Meatball, Lentil and Cabbage Hotpot : A Comforting and Tasty Dish

This comforting hotpot recipe comes from 'Sainsbury's' so uses a lot of their own items. It is simple to create, because it uses their own ready-made meatballs. However, as with most recipes, little tweaks and subtle changes can be made to better suit you ... i.e. you may prefer to make your own meatballs, and sauce - or use a different brand!

Serves Four
1 tbsp oil
560 g ready-made beef meatballs with tomato sauce and Parmesan
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp smoked paprika, plus an extra pinch to garnish
390 g carton chopped tomatoes with basil and oregano
500 ml beef stock
120 g dried green lentils
14 g fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, plus extra to garnish
0.25 Savoy cabbage, shredded
1 courgette, trimmed, halved horizontally, and cut into crescents
4 tsp 50% (less fat) crème fraîche

1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 10 minutes, turning, until brown all over. Remove from the pan and set aside.
2. Add the onion, garlic and paprika to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, until the onion is soft. Return the meatballs to the pan with the tomatoes, stock, lentils and sachets of sauce and parmesan from the meatball pack. Turn up the heat and boil for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
3. Stir in the parsley, cabbage and courgette, and cook for 10 minutes. Serve with the crème fraîche sprinkled with the extra paprika and a scattering of parsley.

Sit down and enjoy.

Meals like this really lend themselves to the white bowl type serving dish as seen in the picture above.

This makes a great Friday night ... end of week dish. Or indeed you may prefer to make and enjoy it over the weekend. The choice as ever, dear reader, is yours.

Each serving provides:
23.2g carbohydrate 6.3g fibre 35.4g protein 25.5g Fat

Original recipe idea can be seen here

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All the best Jan


Mike@Bit About Britain said...

I must say that looks very tasty, Jan.

Christine said...

Sounds so good!

Jo said...

Very appetising. It's a while since I've made meatballs, I might just give this recipe a try.

Linda said...

It looks delicious...comfort food at its finest! :)

Happyone said...

That sure looks good.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

This is just packed with goodness!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

It does look both comforting and tasty! :)
It's snowing here - and it's probably rather chilly also where you live - so dishes like this are exactly what we need.
Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely weekend!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I can practically smell this cooking! Yum! xx Karen

Lady Fi said...

I'm vegetarian so would like to try this without the meatballs...

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) My, but that looks good!:) An easy recipe to follow too, so I'm going to try making it. Just to remind you,... that I'm on a blog break, and only answering comments until the end of the week. Have a good weekend.:)

Debbie said...

i have never used ready made meatballs. i love the flavor of mine and i consider them easy to make. this looks very good!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

I have to admit, I don't like cabbage, but I will eat it! This does sound really good!

Lisa said...

Meatballs are a firm favourite with my lot. Unfortunately I can't say the same about cabbage!
Lisa x