Lentil Soup Recipe:
Lentil soup is a wonderful soup to make.
It is very easy to make and the lentil soup has tremendous flavour.
And lentil soup is extremely good for our health. Lentils have lots of nutritional value.
Cooking with lentils is easy. They don’t need soaking, they just need a rinse.
For this lentil soup I used red lentils but you can use red, brown, green, yellow or black lentils. When choosing your colour lentil for your lentil soup it will alter the colour accordingly.
Either way they are all full of goodness. Lentils are rich in Iron and are an excellent source of protein. Lentils are a great source of fibre too.
I love this lentil soup recipe as it is so delicious, easy to make and it is a very healthy meal, perfect for a lunch or dinner.
You can also freeze this lentil soup too, making it a very practical recipe.
For those living alone it is a perfect way of making a healthy meal once and you can freeze it in individual portions for future uses by just heating it up. With this lentil soup recipe you would probably get about six meals which is great.
And of course those of you with a few in the household, it is perfect too.
I love one pot dinners, less washing up and easy to dish out to your guests or family and you can always just leave the pot on the table and let everyone help themselves.
It is easy and tasty to just heat up your lentil soup the next day (if there is any left of course).
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Dinner or Lunch
30 – 40 mins
- 300g Or 2 large carrot
- 160g or 1 large onion
- 350g or 3 medium potatoes
- 400g lentils of your choice
- 20g butter
- 4 stock cubes
- 1 ½ litre water
- Or you can use homemade stock
- Pinch of salt
- ½ tsp of black or white pepper
- 2 bay leaves (optional)
Lentil Soup Recipe – Method & Instructions
When you are chopping your vegetable a good tip is to put a tea-towel under your chopping board and this will stop your chopping board moving as you are using your knife to cut. It is safer.
I like to cut and prepare my vegetables and put in some dishes ready for use.
Firstly peel and dice the onion. To prevent your eyes watering cut the onion in half from root end to the other end. Then cut the opposite to the root end off. Keep the root end intact. See the video for a visual explanation.
Secondly peel carrots and chop off one end, keeping one end intact so you have something to hold, so you don’t end up grating your fingers. Then grate the carrot.
Thirdly peel and cut your potatoes. You can out them in water until you are ready to use them. Keeping them in water stops them going black.
Next you need to put your lentils into a sieve and rinse them under the tap.
You can make your stock by placing stock cubes in water.
If you wanted to make your own stock for the lentil soup, you can use water from previously boiled vegetables.
Making your own chicken stock is an a option too, to make a chicken stock then use the bones from a chicken and either boil them in water or put bones and water in a slow cooker and leave overnight. This gives lovely chicken stock. Another way is to boil a chicken in a large pot and use the water as your stock.
Preparation for your Lentil Soup is done – Now let’s make it
Now in a pot melt some butter and add your onion. Mix the onion into the butter, put the lid on and let them sauté for 5 minutes. Keep on a low heat.
After you have cooked your onion for five minutes, add your grated carrot to the pot.
Then add your potatoes to the pot.
Season the lentil soup with salt and pepper.
Add the rinsed lentils, keeping on a low heat and give all the ingredients a good mix.
Pour the stock into the pot and turn up the heat to bring it to the boil. Add in bay leaves.
Once brought to the boil, turn heat down to low again, put the lid on and simmer, stirring occasionally.
Cook for about 20 – 30 minutes.
The lentil soup is meant to be nice and thick but if you feel it is too thick, just add a little water.
Personally I love the soup like this with but if you prefer the go ahead and liquidise it. Some people love it smooth and others love it with bits in, personal preference.
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Enjoy your Lentil Soup.