Leek & freekeh pilaf with feta & toasted pine nuts

Leek & freekeh pilaf with feta & toasted pine nuts

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 2
Freekeh, made from durum wheat, makes a refreshing replacement for rice in this vegetarian one-pot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal834
  • fat40g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs77g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre10g
  • protein33g
  • salt2.5g
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  • 400g leeks



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200g freekeh



    Freekeh is a green grain made from young durum wheat which is roasted or smoked then polished to…

  • 50ml white wine
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • a few thyme sprigs
  • 2 plump garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 100g feta



    A creamy soft white cheese with an ancient history - nomadic tribes who needed to preserve the…

  • 2 tbsp finely chopped mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • juice and zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. Finely slice the leeks, keeping all the dark green tops. Put in a colander and rinse well under running water, then set aside to drain.

  2. Put a large heavy-based pan on the hob over a moderate heat, pour in 2 tbsp of the oil and tip in the leeks. Stir well and cover with a lid. Cook the leeks for 10–15 mins, stirring occasionally, until they are very soft.

  3. While the leeks cook, soak the freekeh in a bowl for 5 mins in plenty of cold water. Tip it into a sieve and rinse under running cold water, then drain well.

  4. Add the freekeh to the leeks along with the wine, stock and thyme and bring to a simmer. Cook the freekeh over a low heat, stirring from time to time, for 20-25 mins. Switch off the heat and let the contents of the pan stand while you prepare the feta and pine nuts.

  5. Heat the remaining tbsp oil in a frying pan until hot, add the garlic and pine nuts, and cook until both the nuts and the garlic are lightly browned. Crumble the feta and toss this along with the garlic-nut mix, the mint and lemon juice and zest into the freekeh. Taste and correct the seasoning, then serve at room temperature.

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10th Aug, 2019
Had this with vegetarian sausages. It was delicious
10th Aug, 2019
Had this with vegetarian sausages. Absolutely delicious
Aga girl
27th Feb, 2018
Unfortunately this recipe turned out very bland and tasteless. Such a shame the flavours do not really come together. It also serves four rather than two. Very disappointing.
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