Beef and Lentil Hotpot

Beef and Lentil Hotpot

Smug alert…

This was thrown together in a matter of minutes as an alternative to my Extra Veg and Extra Easy Spaghetti Bolognese when I realised I didn’t have any extra veg. All I had was the mince and onions.

But lo and behold the freezer and the cupboards provided the peas and the spuds and so I thought I’d cook up a hearty hotpot while the wind whistled through the chimneys and blew the leaves, and a couple of visiting crisp packets, around the garden.

It’s not photogenic bless its cottonsocks, but it sure is tasty. And I’m all for dinners that only need a chopping board and a pan to cook.

Here’s what I did:

Beef and Lentil Hotpot
(serves 4)

500g beef mince
1 knob of lard / butter
1/2 tablespoon cornflour
1 glass white wine
1 tablespoon tomato puree
500g potatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 handfuls of lentils
a handful of peas
300ml beef stock
1 teaspoon thyme
3 bay leaves
salt and pepper


1.  Brown the beef in the fat on a high heat and stick the chopped potatoes in the microwave for 5 minutes or until they are cooked through.

2. Add the wine, flour and tomato puree to the beef and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients.

3. Simmer for 2 hours and enjoy with a side of pickled red cabbage.

And this is a great one for reheating another day – in fact – much better done in this way, so I’m adding it to the Cook Once Eat Twice Challenge from Searching For Spice – go and have a look for more get-ahead ideas!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Corina Blum says:

    It sounds very tasty and a great meal to throw together on a cold and windy day! Happy New Year!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Helen says:

      It’s so good – and pretty healthy too which is always a bonus! H xx


      1. Corina Blum says:

        And thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice too! The leftovers would be delicious the next day.

        Liked by 1 person

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