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Wednesday 24 October 2018

Lentil and Vegetable Minestrone Stew / Casserole : Recipe Idea For Halloween or Bonfire Night

You may have a Halloween or Bonfire Night gathering coming up and are looking for a warming stew/casserole. Well how about considering this one! 

Serves Four
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced small
1 celery stick, diced small
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tbsp. sundried tomato paste
2 sprigs of rosemary
1 bay leaf
700ml hot reduced-salt chicken stock
1 x 400g tin pomodorini cherry tomatoes
1 x 400g tin green lentils, drained and well-rinsed

100g cabbage or kale, any tough stalks removed, shredded
To serve (optional)
a few Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) shavings
a few basil leaves

a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
1. Heat the oil in a large casserole or heavy-based pan. Add the onion, carrot and celery; cover and cook gently for 10 minutes. Add the garlic, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
2. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the rosemary, bay leaf, stock and tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove the rosemary and bay leaf. 
3. Add the lentils and cabbage or kale; simmer for 5 minutes until the veg is tender. Season. Serve in bowls with Parmesan shavings, basil leaves and a drizzle of oil, if you like.
Tip - Get Ahead
Make up to 2 days ahead, cool and chill. Gently reheat until piping hot, adding a little more water if necessary. Freeze (without the cabbage/kale) for up to 1 month.
Nutritional Details Per Serving
Fat 5g Carbs 19g Fibre 6g Protein 6g
From an original Sainsburys recipe idea here

… just another reminder that, this blog brings a variety of articles and recipe ideas, and it is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

image from here

All the best Jan


Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds very delicious! Hugs, Valerie

Out on the prairie said...

What a lovely meal, it looks and sounds good. I have to try this out.

Tom said...

...geat to warm you up this time of year.

Christine said...

comforting stew today and yes it's pumpkin time!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


I wish my wife was a soup eater


mxtodis123 said...

Definitely going to make this one. I love soup. Make a huge pot and freeze in individual containers.

Elephant's Child said...

Yum. Though I would replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock.

sandy said...

This looks perfect for a cold Halloween night - ... The weather man in our area is predicting that we might actually get a winter storm around November 5. I have another one to tell my cook about! looks delicious.

happyone said...

Always enjoy a nice hot bowl of soup. Looks delicious.

William Kendall said...

That looks filling.

Benita said...

YUM!! And we are having the perfect weather for this recipe! Definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes!!

Rue said...

John will love that soup! I love that picture :)

I hope you're doing well!

Sandra Cox said...

Oh gosh, does this sound good!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I realize I'm late visiting, Jan, but I appreciate your visits while I was too sick to return them. This stew looks like what I needed when I was so sick. It looks wonderful and sounds even better.

peppylady (Dora) said...

It's a amazing what one can do with lenitals. I sometime want to try some Dalithoy which is lenital base and it from India.
Coffee is on

Lady Fi said...

Ooo yes please!

sheila 77 said...

Hello Jan, this is another recipe that is right up my street. Looks delicious and very healthy. Would replace the chicken stock with an organic vegetable stock. Great photo too, recipes with photos are the most appealing I think.

Crafty Green Poet said...

that looks delicious

Pam said...

Yummy....getting lots cooler here and I have been wanting to make a pot of chili, but if I looked hard enough I could probably locate a bowl in the freezer! Cooking for just one is hard and harder when you have had gastric by pass cause it seems like such a waste that you cook all that and only eat a few bites. I end up giving so much food away. Esp since I love to bake and don't need all that here. My friends are asking me to stop sharing! haha

Chris Lally said...

Bet it tastes as good as it looks! Thanks, Jan.
Love the Halloween image, too :}

Miss Val's Creations said...

Yum! We just made our first soup for the colder weather the other day. Minestrone will be on our list soon. A vibrant soup is packed with such great nutrition.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love making stews in fall and winter! They are a great way to cut back on meat and add more vegetables to the diet. This one looks delicious!

Lois said...

It looks delicious!

Iris Flavia said...

Now that sounds yummy - and easy!

Felicity said...

what a good idea! thank you, I will try it :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Yum! Definitely a goer Jan ✨

Kezzie said...

Ooooh, I make something similar- I DO love this kind of thing, especially with luscious lentils (though they do give me dreadful wind!) x

baili said...

sounds familiar and best for me

no prohibition for any of these ingredients
thank you for great sharing dear friend!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful soup or casserol, with Vege instead 'chicken stock'.

carol l mckenna said...

Lentil soup ~ great and sooo healthy!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Snowbird said...

Goodness, how yummy, perfect for Halloween!xxx

Lisa said...

This is just the type of meal I am looking for to give Graham for when he is at work. Lots of veg to fill him up.
Thank you!
Lisa x

Magic Love Crow said...

Jan, this looks so good! Thank you!!! Big Hugs!