Italian Braised Lentils with Crispy Brussel Sprouts

This rustic Italian braised lentils dish is a classic winter warmer.

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Italian Braised Lentils with Crispy Brussel Sprouts

This dish most recently appeared in My Veggie Food Bag on Sunday, July 23, 2017.


  • 300g Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian spice mix
  • ½ bag baby kale leaves *
  • 1 sourdough pide


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 leek
  • 2 tablespoons Italian spice mix
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar


  • 100g fresh veggie mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves
  • PREHEAT oven to 220°C. Line a large, flat oven tray with baking paper.
  • 1 Toss Brussel sprouts and first measure of Italian spice mix with a drizzle of oil on prepared tray. Season with salt and pepper and bake for about 5 minutes, until starting to turn golden.
  • 2 Thinly slice kale. Roughly tear bread into bite-sized pieces and toss with a drizzle of olive oil. Add both to tray with Brussel sprouts and bake for a further 10-12 minutes, until golden and crispy.
  • 3 While Brussels sprouts are cooking, mince garlic and thinly slice leek. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large fry-pan on medium-high heat. Add garlic and leek and cook for about 4 minutes, until tender. Add second measure of Italian spice mix and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • 4 Add canned tomatoes, lentils, water and brown sugar to pan with leek. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes, until slightly thickened and reduced. Add balsamic vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • 5 Roughly tear mozzarella into bite-sized pieces and roughly chop basil leaves. Set aside.
  • TO SERVE, divide Italian braised lentils between bowls and top with crispy Brussels sprouts, mozzarella and basil leaves.
  • SERVES 2-3

Nutritional Information

  • Energy: 2056 kj / 491 kcal
  • Protein: 31.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 62.9g
  • Fat: 10.6g


  • Pantry staple
  • * Shared ingredient with another recipe

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