Hearty brown lentil soup, such a comforting dish for a cold day. Suitable for a vegetarian or vegan diet.
I’ve make quite a lot of soups recently, probably because on cold weather they just work wonders. And also because soups are super healthy. Brown lentils, for instance, have a high protein and fibre content, improve digestion and maintain a healthy heart, amongst other proven benefits. They also keep one full for longer. And if you combine this superfood with other vegetables, you get the perfect recipe for a great meal.
I strongly believe that there is no such a thing as right or wrong in cooking, it is all up to one’s taste. I never really have a recipe in mind when l go shopping, l usually buy whatever takes my fancy and decide at home what l could cook based on the ingredients l have. Most of my dishes are made up, as some vegetables just go so well together. For this soup l used carrots and spinach as well. If l have fresh spinach in the fridge, l tend to throw a bit in pretty much everything l cook. No harm can be done, it just adds extra goodness to any dish.
Hearty brown lentil soup
- 1 cup of brown lentils
- 2 carrots
- 1 red onion
- 3 spring onions
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 l of vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp of tomato passata
- 1 handful of fresh spinach
- fresh parsley
- salt and pepper
- Chop the red onion finely.
- Add the oil to a saucepan and fry the onions until translucent.
- Add the vegetable stock and brown lentils and cook on a medium heat for at least 20 minutes. Vegetable stock can be replaced with chicken or beef stock, but l wanted my recipe suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
- Once the lentils start to become tender, chop the spring onions, carrots, garlic, spinach and add them to the pan.
- Continue to cook until the brown lentils are soft, but not mushy and the other vegetables are tender.
- Season well with salt and pepper and add the tomato passata.
- The liquid would have been absorbed almost completely by now, but depending on one’s taste, you may add some more vegetable stock if you’d rather not have a thick soup.
- Serve hot!