Sliced nut roast with a jug of tomato sauce

Nut roast

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 5 mins


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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  • 1 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…

  • 15g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, halved, deseeded and finely diced
  • 1 large carrot, grated



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 tsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 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



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 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



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 400ml passata


  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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Rosemary Wilson's picture
Rosemary Wilson
12th Dec, 2019
I made this nut roast on Saturday. Out of the mixture I made a large one & a small taster, as I’d never made it before. I froze them both. My son & his girlfriend are coming for Christmas Day & they are vegetarian. They came for tea tonight & we sampled the small taster one. It was delicious. Saving the larger one for Christmas Day. Great Nut Roast , thank you.
1st Dec, 2019
Great recipe and if you’re not Vegan, the cheese adds a lovely decadent note. Highly recommended. We had it with a red wine gravy from BOSH!
20th Nov, 2019
Make this every few months, it's delicious, freezes great, have it every Sunday for lunch.
J54321's picture
26th May, 2019
1st nut roast to make... and success! I made it dairy free and left out cheese and butter and also only used two eggs. I added cranberries and I’d had them before in a nut roast and they are an excellent addition. Defiantly making again and experimenting with different nuts and spices.
22nd Apr, 2019
My first attempt at a nut roast which I decided on for our Easter meal and I’m really pleased with it. I followed the recipe bar adding a little chilli flakes, cayenne pepper and using only 2 large eggs (after reading other comments) and it came out perfect. The texture and the taste are really nice indeed. It took me 35 minutes to chop everything but after that I lost track of time and got engrossed in the making. As for the cooking time, it was exactly as the recipe prescribed. I’ll definitely be making this again. Satisfying and delicious. Success all round!
MB seastar
1st Mar, 2019
A very tasty recipe - great for vegetarians!
24th Feb, 2019
Very tasty and turned out fab.....followed the recipe faithfully but left out one egg as advised in some comments. Prep time much, much longer but I did everything by hand but the texture was perfect. Reducing the mix after adding stock took about 45mins but I keep the faith until its was quite dry. Cooking time was then spot on in the oven. Will become a favourite at my house. x
15th Feb, 2019
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.
elainereid4's picture
13th Feb, 2019
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.
22nd Jan, 2019
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.


goodfoodteam's picture
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.
16th Oct, 2018
Hi, I’m not a big fan of nuts, what would you suggest as a substitution? Thanks!
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Oct, 2018
Thanks for your question. We'd recommend trying another recipe from our vegetarian roast collection:
23rd Dec, 2016
Silly question, am I using cooked or uncooked red lentils for this recipe? Thanks!!
goodfoodteam's picture
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!
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?
2nd Feb, 2016
Can this nut roast be frozen please...thankyou...?
goodfoodteam's picture
21st Mar, 2016
Hi there, thanks for your question. Both the loaf and sauce can be frozen. Cool then wrap the loaf in foil and pack the sauce into a freezer container or bag. They will keep for 6 weeks. Thaw in the fridge. The sauce will reheat in a pan or the microwave. Unwrap the nut loaf and put on a heatproof dish, cover loosely with foil and bake for about 35 mins at 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Take off the foil for the last 5 mins.
23rd Dec, 2015
With regard to the red lentils are they cooked or dried? Thanks
23rd Dec, 2016
Did you ever receive a response for your question? I'm asking myself the same thing. Thanks!!


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