This is my children’s favourite staple, and great comfort food. It takes about 40 minutes from start to finish and is delicious with pasta, rice, baked potatoes or with mashed potato on top as a shepherd’s pie. Sprinkle grated cheese or yeast flakes on top.

• red lentils 500 g
• 2 onions
• 2 garlic cloves or more
• carrots, peppers, courgettes chopped small
• 2 sticks celery optional
• vegetable stock
• tinned tomatoes

If starting from scratch… chop 2 onions and celery and cook in tsp olive oil in a big pan. After a few minutes add the lentils and stir for a minute. Then generously cover with stock and cover with a lid and leave to simmer on a medium heat stirring from time to time. The lentils take about 20 mins to cook, you may need to add more stock. You want a bolognaise consistency. Add some tinned tomatoes and paprika and herbs if you want to season.