Sliced nut roast with a jug of tomato sauce

Nut roast

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(105 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 5 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Bake a satisfying vegetarian loaf with lentils, chestnut mushrooms and cheese to go with all the classic roast dinner trimmings

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal816
  • fat52g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre11g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.5g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 15g butter
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  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
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  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
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  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, halved, deseeded and finely diced
  • 1 large carrot, grated
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  • 1 tsp dried oregano
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  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 100g red lentils
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 150g mixed nuts such as walnuts, peacans, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
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  • 100g mature cheddar, grated
  • handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

For the tomato sauce

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 1 sprig rosemary
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  • 400ml passata

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/ gas 4 and line the base and sides of a 1.5 litre loaf tin with parchment paper.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 15g butter in a large frying pan and cook 1 finely chopped large onion and 2 finely chopped celery sticks for about 5 mins until beginning to soften.

  3. Stir in 2 finely chopped garlic cloves and 200g finely chopped chestnut mushrooms and cook for a further 10 mins.

  4. Stir in 1 finely diced red pepper and 1 grated carrot and cook for about 3 mins then add 1 tsp dried oregano and 1 tsp smoked paprika and cook for just a minute.

  5. Add 100g red lentils and 2 tbsp tomato purée and cook for about 1 min, then add 300ml vegetable stock and simmer over a very gentle heat until all the liquid has been absorbed and the mixture is fairly dry. This should take about 25 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  6. Finally, stir in 100g fresh breadcrumbs, 150g chopped mixed nuts, 3 lightly beaten large eggs, 100g grated mature cheddar, a handful of finely chopped flat-leaf parsley and a pinch of salt and some ground black pepper.

  7. Stir to mix well then spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and press down the surface.

  8. Cover with foil and bake for 30 mins, then remove the foil and bake for a further 20 mins until firm when pressed gently.

  9. Meanwhile, to make the sauce, heat 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil very gently then add 2 finely sliced garlic cloves and 1 rosemary sprig and heat without colouring.

  10. Pour in 400ml passata and add a pinch of salt and some ground black pepper. Simmer gently for just 15 mins.

  11. Allow the loaf to cool in the tin for about 10 mins then turn out onto a serving board or plate. Remove the baking paper and cut into slices and serve with a little of the tomato sauce.

  12. To make a vegan nut roast, use an extra tbsp of oil in place of butter, no cheese and 3 tbsp egg replacer. Bake your nut roast for 1 hour. The loaf will still be soft in the middle after cooking.

  13. It can be cooked in advance and then chilled, sliced and reheated to make it easier to serve.

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little_camel
15th Feb, 2019
5.05
I love this recipe - follow the tips given by others. I originally saw it in the BBC Good Food magazine where it recommended using leftover roast and sauce as a bolognese and I liked that even more! We aren't vegetarian (we keep meat to 2-3 days a week) but this is one of our family favourites.
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elainereid4
13th Feb, 2019
5.05
Wonderful recipe. I use vegetable gravy rather than the tomato sauce. Cooked early for Christmas and froze in portions really worked well. I vary the nuts I use as this then adds some difference to the end flavour. The texture does vary somewhat but I usually use the recommended number of eggs etc. but have found the same as the others that it does sometimes need extra cooking.
judyjudes
22nd Jan, 2019
5.05
Absolutely delicious! We as a family love spicy food so I went off grid and pimped up the flavours. I added a chopped chilli and piri piri seasoning as well as the spices listed. I also substituted the lentils (husband doesn’t like them) for the same weight of cooked brown rice. I also made my own gluten free breadcrumbs from 3 toasted slices taken from a Bergen Gluten free loaf. I made a mistake too! I read one of the ingredients as ‘chestnuts’ rather than ‘chestnut mushrooms’. I used pre cooked vacuum packet chestnut and no mushrooms. This might be why we found it totally delicious.
nats_fenwick
7th Jan, 2019
5.05
I found this quick and easy to make and the kids loved it. I used my food processor to whizz up and hide the vegetables and speed up the preparation. A great family but roast, we will be having this again.
emmfurn
6th Jan, 2019
5.05
Best one yet! I substituted leeks for celery and also added in some sunflower seeds. Delicious and will be using this as a base now to try out some new ingredients - thank you :)
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Lily Earnshaw
27th Dec, 2018
3.05
Was really looking forward to this nut roast but ultimately found it lacking in flavour. It wasn't very firm and fell apart quite easily, even though I followed the recipe exactly. On Christmas I ended up eating a Linda McCartney vegetarian beef roast instead, which I much preferred. In the future I may attempt this nut roast recipe again, but I'll definitely be using a lot more herbs and spices!
Stena1979
26th Dec, 2018
5.05
Absolutely delicious. I used two eggs and it was the perfect texture. I cooked for less than the time mentioned to keep it from being too hard. The nicest recipe for nutloaf I've ever used. I was nervous because of a few negative reviews but it was first class. Thank you!
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Rachel Morris
26th Dec, 2018
5.05
So delicious! The non vegetarians at our Christmas table also had a slice next to their turkey as so so tasty! Very easy to make, can’t go wrong with this!
Jazzle23
26th Dec, 2018
5.05
Made an account just so I could come here to comment that the below few people who have commented obviously can’t cook or read a recipe because this was absolutely delicious and a real hit with everyone who ate it at Christmas! Even the non vegetarian went back for seconds. It does take longer to make than stated and I found it has to be cooked about half an hour extra. But this is amazing! I made a healthy gravy to go with it also instead of the sauce. Delicious!!! :)
Jackal2018
25th Dec, 2018
1.05
Sadly this tasted awful. Followed recipe precisely, firmed up nicely but tasted of bland lentils. Ruined our Christmas meal.

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Davrin Lewis-Jones
12th Dec, 2018
What could I replace the mushrooms with? I would like to do this for Christmas but I don't like that particular vegetable.
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goodfoodteam
14th Dec, 2018
Thanks for your question. As the mushrooms constitute a large part of the dish, we would recommend using an alternative vegetarian centrepiece, for example: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/persian-pilaf-roasted-root-loaves or https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/sweet-potato-chestnut-roast-tangy-tomato-sauce. You'll also find more here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/vegetarian-christmas-mains
LisaWB
15th Nov, 2018
Can you use multigrain bread or rye bread?
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goodfoodteam
18th Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. We find white breadcrumbs have the ideal texture but you can use an alternative if you prefer - brown would be better than pure rye which is much heavier in texture or a loaf that contains a lot of seeds.
katie_riz
16th Oct, 2018
Hi, I’m not a big fan of nuts, what would you suggest as a substitution? Thanks!
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goodfoodteam
17th Oct, 2018
Thanks for your question. We'd recommend trying another recipe from our vegetarian roast collection: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/vegetarian-sunday-roast
Prittyladyface
23rd Dec, 2016
Silly question, am I using cooked or uncooked red lentils for this recipe? Thanks!!
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goodfoodteam
24th Dec, 2016
Hi there, not at all! They're uncooked. If an ingredient needs to be cooked, it will either be stated in the ingredient list or in the method. Hope that helps in future. Enjoy the nut roast!
MungoPungo
18th May, 2016
I know this will seem like a silly question, but how much is a "handful of parsley"?I'm a very novice cook and teaching myself how to cook, and I wouldn't really know how much a handful is because it depends how much you grab or how big your hands are. Is it better to use less or more, if in doubt?
Jan2347
2nd Feb, 2016
Can this nut roast be frozen please...thankyou...?

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lindaraymonde
30th Oct, 2018
4.05
Great recipe - much too much for a 1.5lb loaf tin. I used a lined square cake tin. It also needs a slightly higher temperature (170 fan) and longer cooking time (+ 30-45 mins). After 20 mins’ resting I cut the whole square slab in half then in 7 slices each side, so it served 4 x 2 slices for lunch; 3 x 2 slices for later cold lunches over next few days. Delicious, cold!
Dream_Pipe
8th Oct, 2018
5.05
I think the problem people are seeing with wetness is due to our normal instinct to wash and rinse red lentils until the water runs clear. This will add about 100ml of extra water to the mix unless they are well drained. I know people like to make their own veg stock (it is a bit of a faff), but I suggest using a stock cube (powdered dry type). I would sprinkle a dry cube over the pan mixture when stock called for in step 5 and then add say only 200ml of hot water. Stir well and continue to gently heat as directed. Try the mixture after 15-20mins if the lentils are still uncooked and look dry, add a splash more water (but not more than 100ml), stir and cook gently. Then try again after 5mins more minutes. It's best not to add too much water as most of the other ingredients will add lots of moisture, that will need to be "steamed off" during the baking. Hope this helps.
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