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Mob’s Pesto Lentils with Lemony Leeks

Buttery lentils are stirred through with pesto and topped with charred lemony leeks in this easy vegetarian dish from Mob.

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An easy way to make something as simple as a lentil feel indulgent. We’ve cooked up our green lentils with a little butter, stirred through with some pesto and topped them with lemony leeks. Perfect as a side dish or part of a champion mezze.

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500g tinned green lentils, drained and rinsed
1 lemon, zested and juice, plus extra wedges to serve
50g salted butter
1 jar pesto
4 leeks, halved lengthways
4 tbsp olive oil
50g panko breadcrumbs


Set a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the lentils and 50ml of water and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and add the lemon zest, butter and two-thirds of the pesto and stir to combine. Set aside.

Set a griddle pan over a high heat and add the leeks, cut-side down. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side until charred and soft.

Set a small frying pan over a high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the breadcrumbs, toasting until golden brown. Toss with a pinch of salt.

Remove the leeks from the heat and dress generously with the lemon juice, salt and remaining olive oil.

Put the lentils onto a platter and swirl in the remaining pesto. Top with the charred leeks, sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and serve with extra lemon wedges.


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