14 August 2010

Lentil Soup

What can I say about this soup. It is warm, comforting and so good for you. It's the perfect basic recipe to turn to when you need a quick meal. I just love it. I served it up with some of my Yoghurt & Cheese Scones. Bliss!

Lentil Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 onion, chopped
½ tsp chilli powder
2 tsp ground cumin
4 large carrots, grated
3 pints/7 cups vegetable stock
1 tin chopped tomatoes
juice of 1 lemon
2 cups red lentils
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Saute the onion, garlic and ginger in the olive oil until the onion is transluscent. Mix in the cumin and chilli powder before adding the grated carrots. Pour in the vegetable stock, chopped tomatoes and lemon juice. Next add the red lentils. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whizz the soup with a hand blender until you reach your desired consistency. I don’t like it completely smooth. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Serves 6 – 8


  1. Hiya!

    I got your package the other day so I'm gonna get a blog up in the next few days :D So happy with all the awesome stuff, thanks!!!

    I love lentil soup, yum!

    Katie xox

  2. Your lentil soup sounds so good! I love soups like this — the color, the taste, and so fast and easy to make!

  3. I love lentil soup! Although I've never tried my hand at making it...yours looks really easy so maybe I will.

  4. I don't like lentils, but you've made them sound good.

  5. I've been working on lentils recently too. A little too warm for soup but I love lentil soup so I'll be bookmarking for later.

  6. It will be 90 degrees in Seattle today but I would still make lentil soup, I LOVE it!

  7. Hey you! Soup looks fab but did you not go to the Foodie Festival today????

  8. Delicious and good for you - what a combination!!

  9. So good to see a lentil soup made without the dreaded ham stock. I must try to remember this for when the weather turns - prob later this afternoon, knowing Scottish weather!!!!!

  10. That's great Katie, glad it arrived safely :)

    Me too Andrea :)

    It's an easy one Brittany You should give it a go :)

    Well, that is something. I wonder if it is the flavour or the texture you don't like Pam?

    Wish I could say that it is too warm for soup here TB *sigh* :(

    Thanks David :)

    Grrrrrrr, more good weather! Lucky you VB :/

    No, have a chest infection Chele, feel dreadful. I am mad I am missing the festival :(

    I know! you can't bet it Brownieville Girl

    Yeah, I know what you mean Lynn, it is looking quite bright outside, the rain must be on it's way.

  11. Pure goodness in a bowl - looks delish! Lucie x

  12. Thanks Lucie, it was and I am thinking of making another batch :)

  13. Love the last photo where you can see the bubbling heat of the soup!
    I love lentils, they only have one side effect that I'm far to polite to go into here.....!!!

  14. Yes, thanks for that CC, that would indeed have been "too much information"!

  15. I'll second that Val, especially if it involves one of your potato dishes :)

  16. gotta love lentils - they're hidden in most of my soups. Got any good suggestions for runner bean soup? Have heaps of lovely fresh beans at the moment and then found 2 boxes in the freezer from last year!
    Hope you're feeling better :o)
    N x

  17. I tend to just eat runner beans at the side of a dish. It is something to think about though. Still feeling pretty grotty Nic :)

  18. Your soup looks delicious...it reminds of Indian dahl...with the lentils and spices and similar vegetables...but much quicker!

  19. Your soup looks delicious, I like the addition of ginger in it!!

  20. Your lentils soup looks so tasty!!

    I also made a carrot ginger lentils soup a few days ago!

    MMMMMMMMM,...Ginh-ger with carrots & lentilsis a classic winning combo! I agree!

  21. Mmmmmmh how comforting does that look! I've never used ginger in my lentil soup before, that sounds gorgeous! I ache for those scones; the oatcakes sitting on my desk pale in comparison :'(

  22. I ADORE lentil soup! This looks delicious!

  23. I love lentil soup and love the simplicity of this one! Mmm. And thanks for reminding me about those biscuits! I need to use up the yogurt in our fridge before we go away.

  24. I make some variation on this kind of soup really often in winter... it's almost getting autumnal enough to start making soups again. I have mixed feelings about that!

  25. It's such a shame that summer seems to be over already but this is just the kind of soup to make the transition a little bit easier. So healthy too.

    I'm very lazy when it comes to blending soups so was trying to work out if you could make this without blending but I guess you probably need to with this one so that you don't end up with huge lumps of carrot?

  26. I just love a good lentil soup. We have been eating a lot of lentils lately. They have become my go to fast food.

  27. This is pure comfort in a bowl. I'm looking forward to autumn/winter and making soups!


  28. Well we like it Indie, but my baby turned his nose up at it. Not interested.

    I add ginger to most of my soups Sweet Artichoke, it gives such a good flavour :)

    Carrot and ginger soup would be yummy too Sophie :)

    It is never a good idea looking a food blogs when you are hungry Catherine, especially if you are sitting down to something simple. It is torure :)

    Thanks Jenn :)

    I hope you are going somewhere nice Ashley :)

    I know, the weather sucks just now Rachel. Rain, rain and more rain!

    Hi Sophie, just grate the carrot in, so it is finer or leave it as a chunky soup, either is good :)

    It is certainly a good storecupboard standby Lor :)

    Soup is the only good thinhg about the winter as far as I am concerned Maria :)

  29. I think this soup is exactly what I have been looking for! Can't wait to make it!

  30. I love red lentils - partly because they cook so quickly! And they do make such a lovely soup.


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