19 March 2014

Fridge Lentil Soup


Doesn't it look gorgeous?

Fridge lentil soup.

Lentil soup makes a regular appearance on our table. I love the flavour and how warming and filling it is. So what is the difference in this fridge lentil soup? Well you probably guessed it was all about using up leftover vegetables from my salad drawer.

My fridge lentil soup is made from celery, carrots and a red pepper that all needed using up and fast.

Fridge Lentil Soup

I spiced up my soup with cumin and ground coriander. It was thick, full of flavour and utterly lush. It lasted us 2 days, so it was a frugal meal and very healthy too.

I pretty much always make soup to use up vegetables. What do you make with yours?

Fridge Lentil Soup


I'm entering my fridge lentil soup into this month's No Croutons Required. Lisa over at Lisa's Kitchen is hosting this month. The theme is now open every month, so any vegetarian soup or salad can be submitted. Hopefully she'll like mine.


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Fridge Lentil Soup
A warming lentil soup, made to use up salad drawer stragglers. Healthy, nutritious and very, very tasty.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, grated
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 400g red lentils
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 litres/3 ½ pints vegetable stock, more if needed
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
Instructions
1. Saute the onion, celery and garlic until the onion is soft and translucent.2. Add the chopped carrots and red pepper and cook gently for 5 minutes.3. Add the grated carrots, lentils and spices. Stir well, then add the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, pop a lid on the pot and cook for 30 minutes until the vegetables are all tender and the lentils are soft.4. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and add more spice if you like.5 Serve with crusty bread.6. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 6 - 8



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46 comments:

  1. Lovely looking soup Jac and a change of style in your photos too - liking new rustic feel! Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen, It's my new board that changes the look.

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  2. I too love lentils, they're always in my cupboars. My OH Mum made me once the best lentil stew I've ever had - with loads of cumin, celery sticks and carrots, yum!

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    1. Ohhhhhhhm sounds good Sylvia. You'll have to ask her for the recipe.

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  3. This looks gorge Jac - the kind of soup that fills you up for the afternoon, which is exactly what I need to keep my fingers out of the cookie jar!

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    1. Well yes, there is that, it is lovely and filling.

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  4. Lovely, warming, thick deliciousness. You are making me very hungry.

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  5. it looks delicious. I have a fridge soup planned to make this evening so may throw some lentils in too. Perfect to make it a more filling meal

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    1. Adding lentils does make it a full meal and a great way of using up vegetables.

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  6. Your soup looks amazing & I'm and hour and 15 minutes from lunch! I love your white pot also, it's beautiful! Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. I love my pot too, Its a pro cook cast iron pot.

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  7. Lovely, I have all those ingredients to hand and stuff to use up too, nice addition of spices. I'd just have to elave out the red peppers - allergic!

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    1. I've not heard of anyone who was allergic to peppers before. That is a shame. Mind you I only added it as it was getting a bit soft. It will still be great without it.

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  8. Ah lentil soup, the ultimate comfort food!

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  9. Mmmmmmmmm! That is all :)
    Janie x

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    1. Thanks Janie. It seems we are both in the mood for soup just now. I loved your watercress and pine nut soup,

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  10. Ooooh I have a few veggies that are trying to make a bid for freedom from my fridge, Lentil soup for lunch tomorrow for sure. Great recipe.

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    1. Ah well it is definitely time for soup then Lorna :)

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  11. As I have a tub of cooked lentils left over in my fridge I will make the soup the other way around. Great idea, adore lentil soups and this looks so good too.

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    1. Still a great idea Madeleine. Enjoy your soup :)

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  12. the soup looks utterly sumptious Jac, love that you have red pepper in there too x

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    1. Well it was sitting in the fridge looking sorry for itself, so what could I do :)

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  13. Ooh this looks relish - I'm well into my lentils at the minute so will def try this. Something to do with the HOOOGE bag I bought from Costco!

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    1. Haha, I am thinking you were going for delish there, unless relish is some new cool phrase. Thank you anyway :)

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  14. ha, definitely my kind of soup. I think celery and carrot makes an excellent base for many soup recipes - especially veggie ones - creates a lovely flavour!!

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    1. It is an essential base in my opinion, although I would add garlic to that list too.

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  15. Love lentils and nearly always flavour them with cumin. Your soup looks delicious. We tend to make soup with whatever we have lying around.

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    1. Cumin just works so well with red lentils, you can't go wrong. And yes fridge soups are the best.

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  16. I could happily eat lentil soup every day along with lentil dal. I just need to convert my kids to loving them as much as I do!

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    1. Cooper likes them, alhough he went off dal for a while and doesn't scoff it like he used too. Children are so funny with their likes and dislikes.

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  17. Love it Jac. I often turn to lentils when I am in a rush and not sure what to make. They never fail to please.

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  18. Love lentil soup - a firm favourite! Never used spices in it though, will have to experiment! xxx

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    1. Oh yes you must. It tastes extra delicious when you add spices. So warming.

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  19. Looks delicious - I love the taste of coriander!

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    1. Me too, it's such a flavourful herb. I usually use fresh coriander, but dried works well in soups and dals.

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  20. Lovely soup Jac! I love that little pottery bowl too!

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    1. It's a bonnie wee bowl, isn't it? Can't remember where I got it though. I only have one though.

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  21. Just made some very nice with the cumin and coriander ,excellent idea thanks

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  22. I love red lentils in soup but always make the same recipe - yours looks and sounds lush so thank you for giving me another one to try:-) Hope you're good haven't seen you around much on twitter - I'm sure you're really busy!!

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    1. Lentils are fab! No I haven't been on much, or on here even. Very busy a the moment. Weekends away, decorating and in-laws over from Cyprus, before all that lot we were poorly, so I am really out of the loop.

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  23. Sometimes, those meals where you use up loads of leftover fridge ingredients are the best meals!

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  24. beautiful pics - we are having quite a lot of lentil soup lately - it is so delicious - and a great way to clean out the fridge - I like how you chop some carrots and grate others - must try that - I have been doing a great job of using up vegies lately in soup, nut roast and even pasta dishes - feels so good to get the fridge under control except I found tonight I hardly had any veg left for sylvia

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