Monday, 7 January 2013

Simple Things - Soup

The decorations are down, the Christmas tree's gone and our diet is simpler.

Soup and bread on the table have been a welcome sight.

Last week we've worked our way through leftover parsnip and celery soup, and today was a load of old lentils.

Just plain old tomato and lentil soup. Comes up trumps every time, even though the photograph may not be very flattering! The recipe is below, but you can mess around with the ingredients without altering the end result, e.g. less tinned tomatoes, but add tomato puree or passata. It's one of those recipes where you don't really need to measure anything. You can also add bacon for a meatier version; just fry it at the same stage as the onions.


Tomato and Red Lentil Soup

2 - 3 tins of chopped or plum tomatoes (or 1kg fresh)
200g lentils
2 onions
1.25 l veg stock
Basil or mixed dried herbs
seasoning

1. Peel and chop the onion and fry until golden.
2. Add lentils (rinse first), followed by tomatoes, stock and seasoning. Stir well.
3. Bring to the boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes.
4. Blend the soup, adjust the seasoning and if necessary thin it down with stock, according to taste.

11 comments:

  1. This looks like a simple and good recipe. My problem is that my husband really doesn't like onions, so I leave them out of most dishes. This leaves a big "flavor hole" in the dish that I've never quite figured out how to replace.

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    1. Oh dear, that is a problem...does he do leeks or peppers? I'd have thought they would make a fair substitute in lentil soup.

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    2. Peppers are more objectionable that onions. Leeks are not a favorite either.

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    3. I've no more suggestions then, other than make soup for yourself and leave him to his meat!!

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  2. That looks good, Sarah! It's nice to get back to simpler meals after the holidays. Easier on the cook, and the tummy. We don't use red lentils much in our area, but mostly the green. Are red lentils more common than green in the UK? I do think the red ones cook up prettier than the green (which really look brown once cooked).

    Live and learn, does your husband object to the flavor of onions or the texture? Is onion powder something he'd go for?

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    1. Red lentils are more common in the more basic supermarkets like Aldi/Lidl but we can get hold of green easily. I like red because they cook so easily.

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    2. Lili,
      He does not like the flavor or the texture, but the texture is the bigger offender of the two.

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  3. I live on soups in the winter, just finished a pot of 15 bean soup and plan on making a split pea soup tomorrow.

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    1. Wow 15 bean sounds impressive and v healthy! I love split peas too.

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  4. Oh i love soups and tomato is my favourite, i normally follow a slimming world recioe but think i'll give yours a try :-)

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