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Make the pesto by combining all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulsing until a course sauce is formed. This is more than you may need. Will keep covered in the fridge beneath a thin layer of olive oil for up to a week.
Put the lentils in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil over a medium heat and cook for 20 mins until almost tender.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium-low heat and cook the carrots and shallots for 15-20 mins until they’re starting to caramelise and soften. Drain the lentils and add to the carrots and shallots. Crumble in the stock cube. Add the tomato purée, give everything a good stir and pour in 500ml water.
Once bubbling, cook for 10 mins or until tender and saucy. (Top up with water as needed.) Stir through the spring greens to wilt for 2-3 mins (you will still want some texture). Serve with the pesto.