Recipe: Bacon & Lentil Stew

A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for Bacon & Lentil stew in Time Out and despite not liking chickpeas or lentils it looked pretty tasty and in a bid to try new things I thought I’d give it a go.
Boy am I glad I did, it’s delicious.

To serve 4 you will need:
150g green lentils
1 can chickpeas
400ml passata
400ml chicken stock (1 oxo cube)
150ml red wine
150g smoked bacon
1 red onion
2tsp dried rosemary
2tsp dried thyme

Fry off the bacon in a pan (I used Frylight to save calories), remove from pan and cook down the red onion. Add the green lentils and red wine, cook down for 5 or so mins. Add the passata and chick peas, bacon and herbs and simmer for 15-20mins.
I found mine was getting a bit thick so would top up with boiling water every 10mins just so there was a bit of juice.
Once you get to the point it smells delicious and looks like something you’d throw up after a heavy night out it’s ready.

This comes to 291 calories per serving. To be fair the serving isn’t huge, but actually it’s quite heavy.
I served mine with some soda farl. God, that was lush. I had a quarter of one toasted for an extra 78 calories…could have easily had more.
Next time I’d serve with some veg-tenderstem broccoli or green beans would do the trick and make the meal a lot bulkier.

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