Vegetarian casserole

Vegetarian casserole

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A Mediterranean one-pot stew with peppers, courgettes, lentils, sweet smoked paprika and thyme

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
216
protein
12.3g
carbs
31g
fat
5.1g
saturates
0.7g
fibre
9.8g
sugar
16.1g
salt
1.6g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced (about 200g)
  • 2 medium sticks celery, finely sliced (about 120g)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 x 400g tins tomatoes or peeled cherry tomatoes
  • 250ml vegetable stock cube (we used 1 Knorr vegetable stock pot)
  • 2 courgettes, sliced thickly (about 300g)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 250g cooked lentils (we used Merchant Gourmet ready-to-eat Puy lentils)

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan. Add the onions and cook gently for 5 – 10 mins until softened.
  2. Add the garlic, spices, dried thyme, carrots, celery and peppers and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, stock, courgettes and fresh thyme and cook for 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. Take out the thyme sprigs. Stir in the lentils and bring back to a simmer. Serve with wild and white basmati rice, mash or quinoa.

Recipe from bbcgoodfood.com, February 2012

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Summer cook's picture

Very easy to make and absolutely delicious! I'm not into spices so I skipped them and instead served with grated cheese on top, which worked beautifully. Also if you prefer a thick stew, I recommend to use dried split red lentils instead of the cooked ones- add them in at the same time as the tomatoes and they soak up the flavours whilst cooking. Will be making regularly!

kellem's picture

5 stars

Really enjoyed this recipe. Changed courgette for a squash and added more paprika (paprika and sweet smoked paprika). Absolutely delicious. Ate it as is. Like the idea of it with some pasta

emma-jane-finnegan's picture
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Made this this evening and found it very bland. Tried everything in my power to add flavour, more spices, red wine, more seasoning, but nothing did the trick. Was very disappointed as there was a reasonable number of ingredients and work in making it. Hoping it matures overnight and will taste better for tomorrows dinner. Have had much tastier veg stews!

t3clark's picture
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loved this!!! I have recently become vegan and this was delicious. This made up to 6 portions instead of 4. I didn't add garlic and used 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and 1 tin of plum tomatoes. I thought it was lovely with rice. Would recommend adding a pinch of salt to this.

crkelly's picture

This is the best vegetarian dish on this website, makes a good quantity to freeze, simple to make and is better the day after making. Had it with sweet potatoes, rice and pasta, all great. Great to use up veg.

Planetearth's picture
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I really enjoyed this recipe. I used about 120g of red dried lentils and just one tin of plum tomatoes. I also never use as much stock as stated, as I prefer a thick stew.

A good everyday basic meal.

Thank you.

Steff1@'s picture

Loved this served with rice. But added chilli powder and flakes for a bit more flavour.

lah's picture

Add tablespoon of harrisa paste,really perks this dish up

a-woodward's picture

Delicious though I used sweet potato and butter beans instead of lentils. I also put some dumplings with it, it was such a tasty dish.

bkelaries's picture

Much better SEVERAL days later and by itself! I was really quite disappointed by this recipe, I tried tweaking the spices but it was just bland all the time. I ended up adding some chorizo which made it a bit better.I think the veggies just don't gel together into a satisfying meal. After 3 days it was better but not by much.

picko1's picture

Personally I find this a little bit bland!! I keep having to add more seasoning to it as its just not tasty enough. I have cooked in advance, so am hoping that by leaving it for a few hours the flavours will come through more. Heres hoping!

emilyhounsome's picture
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Very simple to make, but deliciously earthy flavour. Be generous with the herbs, and creative with the vegetables, as you can substitute for pretty much any winter veg in season - enjoy local sourcing!

goodfood123456's picture
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I used organic tinned tomatoes without citric acid; they don't have the bitter flavour of so many tinned varieties.

Great recipe for a vegetarian who came to dinner. The rest of us enjoyed it too.

waldry's picture
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Lovely...Even my meat eating son liked it.

elisaponsele's picture
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I basically agree with what PanClanger says. A little too soup-y for my liking and maybe even a bit too tomato-y..I served it with garlic dough balls and added chives but don't think the latter added much at all. Very straightforward to make though so would be tempted to make it again with a few tweaks.

jillsouth's picture

A very easy dish to prepare I put all the ingredients into a slow cooker for a couple of hours and left for the next day fab
My husband is not a veggie so I put some meat into it you could try chicken or sausages but he said it was really tasty and would have it again

ibizafan's picture
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Nice healthy dish, just right for January, after all the rich Xmas food, had some rice with it, an easy way for people to have a meat free day, even if not vegetarian. It fills you up as well.

marieb1's picture
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A good healthy, veggie option. Will use a little less thyme next time, the flavour really came through. Easily serves 4 ... have frozen half for another day.

jilly27's picture
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Really enjoyed this, lots of flavour and I served it with garlic toast. I substituted a tin of drained cannelini beans for the lentils as my husband doen't like them and it worked perfectly.

clevercat1992's picture
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This is delicious. So easy to make and was even better the following day. I served the left overs the following day with grilled chicken breasts. One I will make often. Buy good quality tinned toms - it makes a difference I feel. Well done Caroline Hire.

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