This delicious Lamb, Lentil and Squash Stew is great for using up all the odds and ends in the fridge and freezer. Simply leave out the meat for a vegetarian version.
You will also like… my Vietnamese Beef Stew
I haven’t been posting many healthy recipes recently after my big health drive back in January. Although I hate to admit it, I have slipped somewhat on the whole healthy eating front.
I definitely feel the need to get back on track – luckily the lovely weather is making me crave salads and vegetables.
Not so luckily I also feel an immense urge to bake and experiment with less than healthful ingredients. Hopefully the two can balance each other out with some added exercise on the side!
This lamb, lentil and squash stew was great for using up all the odds and ends in the fridge and freezer.
The only thing to remember is to soak the green lentils overnight – though I suppose you could use tinned lentils as a shortcut.
The lamb is completely optional – I had some in the freezer that needed to be used so I chucked it in!
Replace any of the vegetables with other seasonal options. This recipe makes a lot of stew – serve plain or with some bulgur wheat or couscous.
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Lamb, lentil and squash stew
- 400 g | 14oz green lentils soaked overnight with 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 300 g | 10.5 oz lamb mince leave out for vegetarian version
- About 1 litre 4 cups hot vegetable stock, more if needed
- 3 large carrots diced
- 3 celery sticks diced
- 1/2 small butternut squash peeled and diced
- 400 g | 14oz cavolo nero diced (or kale, stalks removed)
- 100 g | 3.5oz cherry tomatoes quartered
- 1 large onion finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 red chilli deseeded & finely diced (or more, to taste)
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2-3 tsp ras el hanout
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- large handful flat-leaf parsley roughly chopped
- large handful coriander including stalks, roughly chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon
- vegetable oil to fry
- sea salt and black pepper
- Put the lentils in a large bowl and cover with double the volume of cold water and 1 tbsp lemon juice. The next day rinse the lentils with plenty of water, drain and set aside.
- Heat a little vegetable oil in a large pot. Add the chopped onion and spices and fry, stirring, over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic, chilli, carrot and celery and fry for another 5 minutes.
- Add the minced lamb and brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Stir in the tomato paste and brown sugar.
- Add the lentils and stock. Stir then bring to a simmer. Add the butternut squash and kale after 20 minutes then continue to cook for a further 25 minutes.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, lemon juice and stir in the herbs. Season to taste and serve.
Kate Glutenfreealchemist says
Another delicious-looking meal Lucy…. I think I may just have to move in! Lamb is a favourite of mine. The colours and flavour combinations here look and sound amazing!
Sarah | Broma Bakery says
Beautiful, Lucy! I love stews where you can toss anything in. And anything with lentils is healthy in my book 🙂
leila Benhamida says
Love this recipe, full of goodness. Thanks for sharing.
Allyson Meyler says
Yum! I love a good stew anytime of the year, too. This one has some of my favorite flavors, so dying to try 🙂
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
This looks like one hearty and comforting stew Lucy. So perfect for the cool weather here in Australia now – I love lamb and have to make it!
Angela Field says
This looks so summery and delicious, it contains some of my favourite ingredients too. I love dishes like this where you can mix and match what you have in the fridge as long as the quantities are kept the same.
Beautifully photographed as ever Lucy! I'm trying to embark on a healthy eating plan at the moment too, hope it goes well for you.