Smoky Lentil & Bean Casserole

This is a fantastic dish! I’m proud of myself! 😛 Not that I’m not usually, but this… well, this is great hot or cold, is baby friendly (I’m sure she will eat it if you make it too C.)! and besides being very easy to make, it is a FREE food on Slimming World and Weight Watchers! 😀 Oh, did I tell you it’s tasty, filling, packed full of protein and just generally a great recipe! 😀 😛

A close up so you can see all the deliciousness!

This week has been a bit hit and miss! It is half term and hubby is away so I’m feeling a bit lost without our usual routine! My bedtime appears to have gone out of the window – none of the relaxing baths and early nights I’d promised myself… more of the ‘how can I keep myself busy’ and tossing and turning in my giant empty bed! 🙁 Oh well… at least I packed away the rest of the things from the office (sorry hubby but you had too many things on your desk)!!! and now have a reasonably presentable dining room! Hooray! 😀

So, if you can think of another name for this dish that would be great! I have called it a smoky lentil & bean casserole for now, but I almost called it lentil & bean hotpot! Once you’ve read the ingredients and looked at the photos if you have any better names let me know! 😀 Here’s the recipe!

Smoky Lentil & Bean Casserole

Lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans in a smoky tomato based sauce – slimming world and weight watcher free food!

Course: Main Course
Keyword: chickpeas, free food, lentils,, vegan, vegetarian
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 1/2 medium leek quartered length-ways & sliced
  • 200 g red lentils washed
  • 500 ml carton passata
  • 1 litre water
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas
  • 1 x 400g tin kidney beans
  1. Cook the onion in a large pan with a bit of water. When the onion has softened, add the garlic, leeks and carrot, a splash more water if required and leave to cook for five minutes.

  2. Add the pre-washed lentils, along with the passata and water (you can add the water to the empty carton to get all the goodness out). Stir, cover and leave for 20 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle the paprika, herbs, pepper and salt over (adjust salt & pepper if necessary for very young children). Mix in and leave for a further 10 minutes.

  4. Lastly, mix in the drained chickpeas and kidney beans and allow to cook for another 5 minutes or so. Check the consistency and cook a bit more if you want a less saucy meal.

  5. Serve as it is, with extra veg, salad, or with rice, pasta or a jacket potato.

  6. Enjoy!

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This week I’m sharing this lentil casserole over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday where my Traditional Tagine is featured (thanks Diann! 🙂 ). This week the party has no co-hosts (hint hint, please offer)! so you get a chance to select your favourites for features next week!

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We hope you have a fabulous weekend and enjoy the last bit of half term! Have fun! 

Speak soon

Laurena x


  • Eva Gallon 31st May 2019 at 22:05

    I quite like it being called hotpot but for it to be called that, it probably needs to be topped with sliced potato☺ Definitely making this soon. I had already planned on making a mushroom, bean and sweet potato chilli this evening (defo not weather for a chilli but hey ho). Hope you’re well and that this week wasn’t too topsy turvy for you. Have a nice weekend?

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 1st June 2019 at 10:10

      Maybe an ‘open hotpot’ then! 😛 The weather here today looks glorious and the allotment is definitely calling me!!! I need to be sorting out Eid though – food, presents etc.! At least the decorating is all done now! 😀 Oh, and I have some work to finish at some point too! Mushroom, bean & sweet potato chilli sounds good, but I’d probably eat it cold! 😛 Have a great weekend. x

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  • Eva Gallon 1st June 2019 at 13:13

    Happy Eid… Happy June… And have a lovely weekend celebrating☺x

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 1st June 2019 at 15:59

      Awww thanks! SO much to do before I can even think about celebrating! Ooo… it’s June! 😛 x

  • The Girl Next Door 3rd June 2019 at 06:53

    I love the look and sound of this casserole! I can imagine the beautiful flavours. It is so nutritious too, with all those lentils and beans going in. It looks quite similar to the various lentil- and bean-based gravy curries we make in India. Great recipe!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 3rd June 2019 at 10:34

      Thank you! Ooo, do you have recipes for them on your blog? I’m guessing they are spicier but I’d love some different ideas! Have a great week.


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