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French Lentil Stew with Gremolata

Mon, 26 February 2018

French Lentil Stew with Gremolata

INGREDIENTS:
- 1 tablespoonbutter or ghee
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 3 celery sticks, diced
- 3 carrots, diced
- 2 garlic cloves,finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme or mixed herbs
- 1 X 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
- 400 ml water or stock /bone broth
- 2 X 400g tins of lentils (Puy brown or Green),draines and rinsed
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper

GREMOLATA

- 1 tablespoon pine nuts
- 1 large handful of fresh parsley
- Juice and grated zest of 1/2 lemon
- 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


RECIPE:

STEP 1: Melt butter in a large, wide pan, add an onion, celery and carrots and fry over a medium heat for 8 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and dried herbs and cook for a further minute.

STEP 2: Pour in the tinned tomatoes and water. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 12 minutes.

STEP 3: Meanwhile, make the gremolata. Pulse everything together in a food processor or hugh-powered blender and taste for seasoning. Alternatively, chop up the pine nuts and parsley (cutting stalks very finely) before mixing with other ingredients.

STEP 4: Add the lentils to the soup and cook for a further 4 minutes, then taste for seasoning and remove from heat.

STEP 5: Serve each bowl with a drizzle of the gremolata, or just swirl over some olive oil, if you prefer. Top with a little grated cheese.

 

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