Hearty Italian Vegetable and Lentil Stew

Morning! If you hadn’t noticed, I’m obsessed with pesto at the moment! I make it with various, herbs, nuts and oils and put it in and on EVERYTHING!!! I mean EVERYTHING!! Pesto and eggs are a life changer by the way..

So today I thought I’d try and you guys on the pesto bandwagon too and share one of my favourite vegetable an lentil stews, topped with good and green pesto! Stir it all through when you come to eat it! UMMMMUMMM!! This is great the next day too and it also freezes well!!

Enjoy xx

Ingredients – serves five

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 onions, diced

1 leek, sliced

2 celery sticks, sliced

1 fennel, diced

2 carrots, diced

3 garlic cloves, diced

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 small orange squash, peeled and diced

1 small celeriac, peeled and diced

1 medium kohlrabi, peeled and diced

450g tomatoes, roughly chopped

15g parsley, chopped

10g mint, chopped

250g kale, roughly chopped

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

200g puy lentils, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed

salt and pepper

700ml water

Pesto –

30g basil

65g naked tigernuts – almonds and brazils will also work

4 tbsp olive oil

30g parmesan, grated

4 tbsp water

Fennel fonds

Method

Melt the coconut oil in a large pan.

Add the onions, leek and celery and fry until golden.

Turn down the heat and add the fennel, garlic, carrots, sweet potato, squash, celeriac and kohlrabi.

Leave to cook for 20 minutes – stirring often until everything is soft.

After 15 minutes add the tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Pour in the drained lentils, herbs, stock, vinegar and kale.

Mix well.

Bring to the boil and then simmer over a low to medium heat for 30 minutes.

Stir every 10 minutes.

Whilst the stew is cooking, lets make the pesto!

Pop the basil, nuts, oil, cheese and water into a food porcessor.

Blend until a paste has formed.

Keep stopping the blender and scarping down the ingredients that have travelled up the sides.

Scoop the pesto into a bowl.

Turn the stew off the heat and divide between five bowls.

Top with the tigernut pesto, swirling it gently into the top of the stew.

Scatter over the fennel fonds and serve!

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx​

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