Easy, hearty, yummy, comfort food.

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  • About 300 g green or brown lentils

  • Olive oil

  • 1 Bacon Hock or a few Smoked Bacon Ribs

  • 1 large Clove Garlic, chopped

  • 1 Red Chilli (or more to taste) chopped

  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

  • 1 Onion, finely chopped

  • 1 stick Celery, chopped

  • 2 Fresh Tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 tin Diced Tomatoes

  • 2 Bay Leaves

  • 2 - 3 litres home made Chicken Stock

  • Handful fresh basil leaves

  • Freshly ground salt and pepper


  • 1.

    Heat olive oil in large heavy based pan. Fry onion, celery, garlic and chilli for about 5 mins over a gentle heat until softened

  • 2.

    Add tomato paste and cook for about 2 - 3 minutes

  • 3.

    Add lentils and stir well to coat in tomato mixture

  • 4.

    Add fresh tomatoes and cook for about 2 - 4 minutes

  • 5.

    Add bacon hock or ribs, tinned tomatoes, bay leaves and stock and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for about 2 hours, stirring from time to time. Can be cooked less but I find the longer you simmer the richer the flavour.

  • 6.

    Finish by scattering fresh basil leaves, season to taste and serve with hot, crusty bread.

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