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This week I have been mostly eating….

Posted on | November 25, 2008 | No Comments

Brrr, its been cold so I’ve resurrected this recipe and am loving it this week. I appreciate recipes that are quick and easy to carry out and this one definitely fits the bill.

Red Lentil Soup


  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • Couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 8oz of red lentils
  • 1 pint of vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp of paprika
  • a few of decent splashes of tabasco (number dependant on how hot you like the soup)


Finely chop the onion, celery and carrot and whilst heating the oil in a saucepan.  Gently fry these vegetables over a low heat until they soften.

Add the crushed/chopped garlic and fry for another minute. Rinse the lentils and add to the saucepan with the chopped tomatoes. Add the spices and mix well. Add the vegetable stock and season with salt and pepper as desired.

Cover the pan and simmer for 30 minutes or so until the lentils are cooked and soft. You may need to add more stock or water should it thicken too much.

The result is a deliciously warming, spicy, filling soup that I love on these wintery days.

Deborah has a yummy recipe for butternut squash soup which I can definitely recommend too having made and eaten it too many times recently.

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