I’m going to be straight-up here: I have no idea if this is a stew or a soup. I feel like the line between a stew and a chunky soup is quite blurred, and this recipe is safely in that blurry zone. Stewp? Souw? No idea. It’s something tasty anyway.
Over the last few months, this combination has been my go-to. It’s stupidly easy to make and doesn’t require much pampering or attention.
As I mentioned on my ‘about’ page, I tend to cook with what I’ve got on hand, and that substitutions are easily made. I’m glad I mentioned this since I didn’t have enough green lentils for a full cup, hence the appearance of quinoa today!
This meal is really warming and comforting, and also freezes really well – which is always a bonus.
Kale, green lentil and quinoa stew
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 60-90 minutes
Serve with: on its own or with some bread, top with whatever you fancy!
Freezes well? Yes
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 leeks
- 1 head or bag of kale (curly/dino/cavolo nero – whichever you fancy!)
- 2/3 cup uncooked green lentils
- 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
- 4 courgettes
- 500g-1kg mushrooms (I tend to use a mixture of close cup, chestnut and large flat)
- 4 vegetable stock cubes
- 2.5 litres of boiling water
- Wash your veg. Durrr.
- Dice the onion and garlic, then slice the leeks into rings.
- Heat the tablespoon of oil, then lightly brown the onion, garlic and leeks.
- De-spine the kale and tear it into whatever size pieces you want. Tear or chop the mushrooms into big chunks. Chop your courgettes into thick chunks.
- Rinse the quinoa and lentils.
- Add all of the vegetables, stock, boiling water, quinoa and lentils into a big saucepan/cauldron/vat, and set over a low to medium heat.
- Semi-cover the pan with a lid, then leave it to bubble away for 60-90 minutes.
- Finish with some fresh black pepper and salt to taste.
N.B. If you want to fully reduce the stock, leave the pot to bubble away for a few hours. I like having some liquid in there so I take it off the heat after 90 minutes or so. Also, I didn’t have any around, but I normally like to add in a couple of cubed carrots – just throw them in with the rest of the veg. Party in a pot.