Green lentil, vegetable and orzo stew

Green lentil, vegetable and orzo stew

  • serves 4
  • Easy

A delicious one-pot dish that is even better after 24 hours – this stew would be wonderful served with a spoonful of pesto


This orzo and lentil stew recipe is adapted from Eat More Veg by Annie Rigg (£14.99, National Trust). Here are more orzo recipes to try.

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  • green lentils 100g, rinsed
  • echalion shallots 3, sliced
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • garlic 2 cloves, sliced
  • leek 1, trimmed and sliced into 1cm pieces
  • celery 2 sticks, trimmed and sliced into 1cm pieces
  • fennel 1 bulb, trimmed and sliced
  • courgette 1, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • vegetable stock 800ml
  • orzo 100g
  • cherry tomatoes 150g
  • bay leaf 1
  • flat-leaf parsley chopped to make 2 tbsp
  • tarragon chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • extra-virgin olive oil to serve
  • crusty bread to serve


  • Step 1

    Cook the lentils in boiling water for 12-15 minutes or until tender. Drain well.

  • Step 2

    Tip the shallots into a casserole with the olive oil. Cook over a low-medium heat until tender and just starting to colour at the edges. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Tip the leek, celery, fennel and courgette into the pan and mix.

  • Step 3

    Pour the stock into the pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the lentils, orzo, cherry tomatoes and bay leaf. Season well, half-cover with a lid and cook gently for 20 minutes until the pasta is cooked and the vegetables are tender.

  • Step 4

    Add the chopped herbs and serve with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and some crusty bread, if you like.

Annie Rigg has been a cookbook writer, food stylist and chef for more than 20 years. Recipes are adapted from her latest book, Eat More Veg (£14.99, National Trust). Follow her on Instagram @annierigg. Photographs Nassima Rothacker.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 288
  • Fat 7.4g
  • Saturates 1.1g
  • Carbs 37.7g
  • Sugars 6.2g
  • Fibre 9.7g
  • Protein 12.9g
  • Salt 0.7g