Slow cooker lamb and lentils
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Slow cooker lamb and lentils

6 -8 hours (20 minutes)
Serves 6
Lamb can be replaced with lean beef.
  • 1kg lean diced lamb, trimmed of any fat
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 140g tub (½ cup) no added salt tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh (or 1 ½ teaspoons dried) thyme leaves
  • 1/3 cup dried French-style (Puy) lentils, rinsed (see Tips)
  • 1 reduced salt chicken stock cube, crumbled
  • 2 onions, cut into wedges
  • 500g small carrots, halved lengthways
  • 2 parsnips (250g), quartered lengthways
  • 3 teaspoons cornflour
  • 300g Brussels sprouts, trimmed & halved
  • 1 small wholegrain baguette, sliced
  1. Heat half the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add half the lamb. Cook for 3-4 minutes, turning until browned. Transfer to the removable bowl of a 5-6 litre capacity slow cooker. Repeat step with remaining oil and lamb.
  2. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, honey and thyme.
  3. Add lentils, stock cube, onions, carrots and parsnips. Pour over 3 cups hot water. Stir well. Cover with lid. Cook on High for 6 hours or Low for 8 hours, or until lamb is tender.
  4. Blend cornflour with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl Remove lid from slow cooker. Stir in cornflour mixture. Cook uncovered on High for about 10 minutes, until thickened slightly.
  5. Steam or microwave Brussels sprouts until tender.
  6. Serve lamb and lentils with sprouts and baguette.

Tips

  • Packaged, diced lamb is available from the refrigerated meat section in major supermarkets.
  • Alternatively, cut lean lamb steaks into 3-4cm pieces, or ask your butcher to dice it for you.
  • French-style (puy) lentils are available from the soup aisle in supermarkets.
  • If preferred, swap wholegrain bread with mashed potato or steamed brown rice to serve.

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