Lentils with goats cheese

Ben Tishs moreish vegetarian dish owes its complex flavours to the rich goats cheese, nutty broccoli and addition of seasonal wild garlic
Lentils with goats cheese
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 100 g pardini or puy lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • handfuls purple sprouting broccoli, roughly sliced vertically
  • 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 ml sherry vinegar
  • 25 g garlic, leaves, sliced, plus two whole leaves to garnish
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 100 g goats curd, or soft young goats cheese, crumbled


1. Bring a pan of salted water to a rolling boil. Plunge in the lentils and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until al dente.

2. While the lentils are cooking, heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and fry the finely chopped onion and vegetables for 3-4 minutes, or until softened but not coloured. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the broccoli to the pan and stir well.

3. Once the lentils are ready, drain, then stir into the pan with the vegetables. Drizzle over the extra virgin olive oil and the vinegar and toss well to coat. Stir in the wild garlic leaves and parsley and cook for a further minute. Take the pan off the heat and add the crumbled goats cheese.

4. To serve, divide the lentils between two serving bowls and garnish with garlic leaves. Serve immediately.

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