Best Braised Lentils
February 15, 2017
Simple lentils can be made into a main by the addition of other vegetables to the soffritto base. Greens can be added towards the end. A dollop of labneh and/or Mojo Verde adds interest for a simple lunch or supper, sausages make it more substantial and good stock will transform it into a hearty soup. I like it so much that we’ve started selling it in stand up pouches in the shops.
- Yields: Serves 6
1Put the lentils, the bouquet garni and a litre of water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cook for ten minutes and add a teaspoon of salt. Cook until al dente and take off the heat.
2Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a casserole and sauté the onions, carrot, celery and fennel for ten minutes. Add the garlic and squash and cook for another ten minutes. Add the spring green stalks, cook for another five minutes and add the leaves.
3Strain the lentils, discarding the water, and add casserole with the bouquet garni, to the vegetables. Stir in the mustard, check the seasoning and cook for another few minutes, adding a little water to get it to the right texture.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes