Spicy mince and lentil stew

– meal for under £1 a head

– Serves: 6

This hearty and filling stew is made with lean minced beef and budget-friendly red lentils, along with Aunt Bessie’s Roasting Vegetable Mix and Classic Gravy for a good depth of flavour. Use mild, medium or hot curry paste, depending on how much spice you like.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
250g Aunt Bessie’s Roasting Vegetable Mix
1 onion, finely chopped
2-3 tbsp curry paste
250g lean minced beef
50g red lentils
50g long grain rice
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 apple, finely grated
Salt and pepper
1 pot Aunt Bessie’s Classic Gravy
100g spinach
Coriander, natural yogurt and crusty bread, to serve

Serves: 6

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan oven/gas mark 7. Lightly oil a roasting tin and tip the roast vegetable mix into it. Roast for around 35 minutes until golden.
  2. Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan and cook the onion over a low heat for 10 minutes until starting to soften. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add the minced beef and continue to cook until golden. Stir in the lentils, rice, chopped tomatoes and apple. Season well.
  3. Put the gravy in a jug and add 450ml boiling water. Stir to dissolve, then pour into into the pan. Cover and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes over a low heat until the lentils have softened and the rice is cooked. If the stew is very thick, add another 150ml boiling water at this stage.
  4. Chop the roast vegetables into even-sized pieces and stir into the stew. Continue to cook for 2 minutes until heated through. Stir in the spinach.
  5. Spoon into bowls and serve with coriander, a dollop of yogurt and crusty bread.

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