09 October 2008

Carrot, Spinach and Lentil Soup

Curtains shut, lamps on, cat curled up beside you, whilst you dunk crusty bread into a bowl of really delicious soup.

Autumn is here!























Carrot, Spinach & Lentil Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
5 carrots, grated
150g spinach
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup lentils
juice of ½ a lime
salt & freshly ground black pepper
cayenne pepper


Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil, until softened. Add the grated carrot and cook for a few minutes. Add the spinach and let it wilt. Next add the vegetable stock and the lentils. Stir well. Cook over a medium heat for 30 minutes before blending to a smooth consistency. Add the lime juice and season. Sprinkle each serving with a little cayenne pepper to spice things up.

Serves 6
















I am entering this thick autumn soup into this month's No Croutons Required challenge.

Lisa is hosting this month and would like us to make a hearty vegetarian soup that will warm the body and satisfy a hungry tummy.

If you would like to enter a hearty vegetarian soup into the challenge, then post your entry and email Lisa at nocroutonsrequired@googlemail.com by the 20th of October.

44 comments:

  1. This soup sounds delightful..perfect for fall :-)

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  2. It was really very tasty Usha. I will be making it again soon!

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  3. I totally want to make this today. Despite the face that we are having an unseasonable 75 degree New Jersey day today. :)

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  4. Hi there French Toast Girl *wave*. I am so jealous of your weather, but I am not going to dwell, as I have only just accepted that Autumn is here.

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  5. Hi Arundathi, I bought some of these spoons to give to friends with some homemade jam and this little buddy was left over. I do like it and think I will be keeping this one.

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  6. Yum! This sounds perfect to me, lentils, carrots and spinach all favorites of mine, I like the addition of lime juice too. Happy Fall!

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  7. Now if I knew about this soup combo I would've been more into creamy soups. I'm sure the lentils and carrots give it a nice balanced texture and the flavours...yummy!

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  8. This soup is matched only by the cook and the wonderful looking spoon!

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  9. Ive just started to make my own soups, id like to expand from simple (but yummy) tomato and tomato and pepper soups, yours looks delicious, but does it matter what kind of lentils you use?
    Also love the spoon

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  10. Hi Katerina, the lime just finished the soup off perfectly. I might even add some lime rind next tim too.

    Hi lore, this soup is really creamy and rich.

    Oh shucks! Thanks Peter :)

    Hi Flower, I used red lentils, just because they are quick and easy and I always have some in the cupboard, but you could experiment.

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  11. That is the coolest spoon!! And the soup sounds lovely, perfect for the cooling autumn weather :)

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  12. Yep - awesome spoon. The soup sounds good, too. ;)

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  13. are the spoons easy to get hold of Holler? They're so funky!

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  14. First of all, I love that spoon. Your soup is quick and easy, yet looks especially appealing. I don't think there are ever too many ways to cook with lentils.

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  15. I love carrot snd lentil soup. Will try adding the spinach next time - of hubby lets me

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  16. Sounds amazing! And I have everything in my cupboard and fridge, I'm making it this weekend!

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  17. Thanks Ricki :)

    Thanks Davimack :) ....and you will notice there is no alcohol in it LOL!

    Hey Jenny, Sorry, I just don't remember where I got them, but if I see them again I will let you know.

    Hi Diann, I do like lentils, but I think I need to branch out more and not just use red all the time.

    You better tell him Beth, otherwise, he will think it is a very odd colour indeed!

    I hope you enjoy it Pia and remember the lime, it really does make a difference to the flavour :)

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  18. cool spoon, warming soup, sounds v cosy! But I would probably be too lazy to grate the carrots for a blended soup :-)

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  19. This soup sounds nice and healthy and good! I like the use of lentils and the cayenne pepper garnish.

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  20. This looks delicious... I had to laugh because I made a similar soup last night. We are on the same wavelength. I love the spoon!

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  21. Hi Johanna, I don't always think of the easy way, although I find grating them is really quick.

    It is definitely a healthy soup Kevin, but no less tasty because of it. It was packed with flavour and the lentils made it really creamy.

    Hi Alexa, I look forward to seeing your version. It still can't bet that wholewheat pizza you made. Yum :P

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  22. I like all ingredients in this soup -carrots, spinach and specially lentils. But I never thought about combining them all together. Nice job!

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  23. Your soup sound delightful! Need to try it! But where I can find so cool spoon?! :)

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  24. I love the idea of adding spinach to lentil soup...and I really love that awesome spoon. However, what is all that gibberish about China?! My eyes glazed over.

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  25. A first for me to Rita, but it worked! Go figure :)

    Hi Mary, I wish I could remember where i got it now :)

    Hi Joan, I haven't had a monologue quite like that on my blog before! I decided it was prudent to delete it ;}

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  26. mhmm i've never tried lentils in a soup. i love split pea soup, though. this looks really filling and rich.

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  27. Gorgeous spoon! The soup looks equally beautiful!

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  28. Hi Joanna, it is lovely and rich :)

    Thanks Holly :)

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  29. Everything sounds good but the spinach, not a big fan of spinach.
    But I love the spoon.

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  30. Cool spoon... Such a nice array of colors that are all about fall!

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  31. Hey P.C., it must be!

    It is so good for you Kathy, but it is just one of those things!

    Thanks Jude :)

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  32. Soup is one of my favourite things about autumn, alongside pumpkins and sprouts, oh and coloured leaves and golden sunshine!

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  33. Hi Silvie, I will pass on the sprouts, but I will have the rest :)

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  34. Fantastic Holler, as always. I could use a bowl of this just now!

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  35. This is a great way to usher in the fall Holler:D

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  36. I love soups, especially at this time of year. Your soup looks so yummy and love that spoon!

    Maria
    x

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  37. Thanks Val :)

    the spoon has certainly made a big impression Maria. I just wish I could remember where I got it.

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  38. Prudent HomemakerMonday, 20 October, 2008

    I only have brown lentils, but I have carrots, and if the garden goes well, I'll have spinach soon. Lentil soup didn't go over well with my family last time, but maybe the secret is the blender. . . I'll have to try this recipe; it's very different than mine.

    I have a Tuscan Tomato Bread soup recipe on my site if you want; you can substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock. It calls for tinned tomatoes, and I thought of it when I saw the name for your blog.

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  39. hey thanks for visiting my blog.. look at the soup.. yummy yummy!! glad i came across this soup.. will try it.

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  40. That sounds like one tasty soup PH,I will go have a look! I know already I am going to like it :)

    Glad you like it Mahimaa
    :)

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  41. Hi! I'm really excited to make this soup, I got all the ingredients at my local farmer's market today. But I'm a little bit confused about how much spinach 150g is. If you could let me know that'd be great.

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