Pic of Buttered lentils with bacon and broccoli

Buttered lentils with bacon and broccoli

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Buttered lentils with bacon and broccoli

Main Serves 4 45 min
This is a simple and nutritious meal in a bowl, although you could also eat it with roasted carrots spiced with a little cumin, or stir through shredded cooked chicken if you happen to have some. If you'd like a vegetarian version, omit the bacon and add a little paprika for smokiness instead.


  • 300g puy lentils
  • 500ml veg or chicken stock
  • 8 smoked bacon rashers
  • 300g broccoli, cut into small florets and stalks finely sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 50g butter
  • handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 30 min
  • Step 1

    Rinse the lentils in some cold water until the water runs clear, then place them in a large, heavy-based saucepan and pour in the stock. Turn up the heat boil rapidly for 5 minutes, then turn the heat down and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, until just cooked.
  • Step 2

    Whilst the lentils are simmering, chop the bacon into lardons. Fry in a large pan for about 3 minutes, then stir in the broccoli, half the butter and the crushed garlic, and fry over a medium heat for about 4 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
  • Step 3

    Drain the lentils and pour them back into the saucepan. Add the rest of the butter and the chopped parsley with the bacon and broccoli. Season and serve.