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Hearty brown lentil soup

Hearty brown lentil soup

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

Hearty brown lentil soup

Hearty brown lentil soup

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  • 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!

Enjoy! ?

Hearty brown lentil soup

Hearty brown lentil soup

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