Spicy roast veg & lentils

Spicy roast veg & lentils

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4

Pack in an impressive 3 of your 5-a-day with this spicy vegetarian lentil dish filled with roast butternut squash, peppers and onions

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal321
  • fat12g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre11g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.6g


  • 1 small-medium butternut squash (about 950g/2lb 2oz)
  • 1 red onion, halved and thickly sliced
  • 3 peppers (a mix of red, orange and yellow from a pack), deseeded and cut into 1cm or ½ in-wide strips



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 3 tbsp curry paste
  • 2 x 400g cans puy lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 150ml hot vegetable stock
  • large handful coriander, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Using a sharp knife, peel the butternut squash. Cut it in half lengthways, scoop out the seeds, then cut into 1cm-thick slices widthways across the squash.

  2. Put the squash slices in a large roasting tin with the onion, peppers and garlic. Mix the oil with the curry paste and drizzle over the vegetables. Toss well to coat in the curry mix and season.

  3. Roast for 30 mins until the vegetables are beginning to soften. Add the lentils and stock to the roasting tin and mix. Return to the oven for a further 5-10 mins until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the coriander and serve straight away.

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15th May, 2020
Really tasty meal, all of us enjoyed it. Made with sweet potatoes and added pan fried spiced paneer cheese. Definitely make again!
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7th May, 2020
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1st Apr, 2020
I have made this several times and add whatever need using from the fridge like mushrooms, peppers, aubergine, courgette etc. Plus always adding onions and garlic. I too chop my butternut squash or sweet potato a little smaller so it cooks evenly. This is very popular with the family and we always have some in the freezer for an easy meal. This is great for barbecuing parties etc or just everyday dinner. Easy to make and always goes down as a treat, so versatile.
24th May, 2017
Hit with adults and teenagers alike. Based on comments below I chopped squash smaller than recipe specified and added the chopped pepper after first 20 mins of cooking time (otherwise is just too mushy for my taste). Only used 2T of oil and 2T curry paste and it still worked fine. (Also discovered that beluga lentils are a good substitute for puy.)
22nd Mar, 2017
19th Sep, 2016
Quite tasty. I cut the squash too big, will cube it next time.
6th Jun, 2016
Just delicious! Served with rice and natural yoghurt.
10th Mar, 2016
Easy and delicious hot or cold but added chicken
12th Jan, 2016
Can I do this with ready to eat lentils
4th May, 2015
This was also delicious cold the next day for packed lunch. Makes a nice side with lamb chops


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