Slow cooker spiced root and lentil casserole served in a casserole dish

Slow cooker spiced root & lentil casserole

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 5 hrs, 30 mins


Serves 4

Warm up on chilly days with this vegetarian slow-cooker stew. It's great for freezing and reheating for midweek meals

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal333
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre15g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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

  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 3cm slices



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

  • 500g (about 5 medium) parsnips, peeled and cut into 3cm slices



    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise – it looks…

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 150g red lentils, rinsed
  • 600ml hot vegan vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • lemon juice, to serve


  1. Heat the slow cooker to low. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion for 10 mins until soft and transparent. Add the carrots and parsnips and fry for 8-10 mins more until the veg is just golden. Stir in the garlic and spices, and fry for 4-5 mins until fragrant, stirring. Add a splash of water if needed. Tip into the slow cooker and stir through the lentils, stock, bay and seasoning.

  2. Close the lid and cook on low for 5-6 hrs until the vegetables are tender and the sauce has thickened. Check the seasoning and stir in the lemon juice to taste. Serve with bread, rice, or potatoes, if you like.

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20th Jan, 2020
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20th Jan, 2020
Excellent suggestion by Dave below. I added peas and spinach, and a dash of some spicier madras paste, and this was a delicious winter warming meal. requested by my husband to go on the repeat list
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Dave Nunn
3rd Jan, 2020
Really enjoyed this but marking it down 1 star as it needed something a little less ‘mushy’ (personal preference). Maybe some frozen peas to heat through at the end. Did up the lentils to 175g and 18yo son suggested spinach for next time. Had rice too which went well with it It was fine doing it on the hob (only required 40 mins) but next time will be using the slow cooker.
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