Wednesday, 29th February 2012

Beluga Lentils with Cabanossi and Roasted Beetroots

This is my perfect comfort food! I love every detail  in this dish: the lentils, the cabanossi (feel free to omit these for a vegetarian version, it’s still great then) and roasted beetroots, which is the best way to make them. Refined with a decent portion of red wine, pureed tomatoes, carrot and celeriac, oregano, smoked paprika (a great ingredients, because it gives dishes an extraordinary taste) and chilli.

Beluga lentils are beautiful, as they look like beluga caviar: small and black. But they taste also very delicious and they keep their shape very well while cooking. When I cook them they still need to be a bit al dente. The ingredients in this dish will melt together. The sauce will be very thick and surrounds the ingredients. A carbon hydrated side dish isn’t needed here, as you can just eat it by the spoon out of the pot.

Beluga Lentils with Cabanossi and Roasted Beetroots

As we spent 6 weeks in Asia, I’m not yet sick of winter vegetables. A real advantage (of course I’m looking forward to fresh spring vegetables)! This autumn we became huge fans of beetroots. In the past I’ve just known beetroots as salad, which then I already loved! In the mean time we tried a lot of recipes with beetroots and were delighted by all of them. But best is still to roast them in the oven with olive oil and salt, as I made it for this recipe.

Beluga Lentils with Cabanossi and Roasted Beetroots

One year ago: Oat Florentines

                        

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