Sweet onions with lentil stew
Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
From Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking
This lentil stew is so comforting – the warm spices are given a delicious lift by the mouth-watering, sweet caramelised onions. This meal provides 471 kcal, 25g protein, 51g carbohydrate (of which 13.5g sugars), 19g fat (of which 10.5g saturates), 14g fibre and 1.5g salt per portion.
Cook the bacon or pancetta in a deep pan over a moderate heat to let the fat slowly ooze out . Roughly chop two of the onions and add them to the pan. Cut the carrots into chunks and add to the pan. Cover and let it steam for a few minutes. Add the paprika, cinnamon, then grate in ½ of the nutmeg. Add the lentils, stock and 500ml water, cover and leave for 30 minutes until the lentils have softened.
While that is slowly cooking, slice the remaining two onions and, in another pan, cook them very slowly in butter until golden brown. Finish with a grate of nutmeg.
The last thing to add to the lentils is a handful of chopped parsley. Serve with a dollop of crème fraiche and pile the caramelised onions on top.
- a good handful, chopped unsmoked bacon or pancetta
- 4 medium sized onions
- 3 small carrots
- ½ tsp mild paprika
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ nutmeg, for grating
- 300g/10oz Puy lentils
- 500ml/1pint stock
- a handful parsley
- knob of butter
- 100g/4oz crème fraîche
This link may stop to work if/when the BBC removes the recipes