Bacon, chilli and lentil stew
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
For days when youíre looking for something quick and warming to eat whilst looking to serve something a little different from your normal repertoire. This recipe is perfect for feeding many hungry mouths or for making a big batch to freeze for even quicker meals in the days to come.
- 1tbsp of olive oil
- 2 rashers of smoked bacon
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 white onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 stick of celery
- 2 mild red chillies
- 800g tinned lentils
- 1tbsp of chopped basil
For a lovely peppery taste try using Puy lentils. These little green lentils also hold their shape when cooking.
- Chop the bacon into nice bite size chunks and fry in a large frying pan or saucepan along with the olive oil.
- While the bacon fries, peel and finely chop the garlic, onion, carrot, celery and chillies.
- Once the bacon is crispy, add the other chopped ingredients. Sweat the vegetables till the onion becomes a bit translucent.
- While the vegetables sweat, open and drain your tinned lentils and give them a rinse.
- Once the vegetables have sweated down, add your lentils. You only want to cook the lentils for 5 minutes, as you donít want them to become too mushy.
- Just before serving add you basil, stir through the stew and season to taste.