We all have favourite soup recipes and Red Lentil and Tomato Soup recipe is one of mine. This soup is so easy to make; it takes very little time, is nutritious and also cheap to make. With so many great reasons for making it, it is no wonder the soup is a great favourite in my kitchen.
Aside from the healthy lentils and tomatoes, you will also need some stock. If you have stock in the freezer, now is the time to use it. No stock, it is fine to use a stock cube for this recipe. Use vegetable stock if you want a vegetarian soup, otherwise chicken is good and I also like using the broth from a cooked ham.
- 7 oz / 200g red lentils, washed thoroughly and any grit removed
- 1½ pints/ 750ml stock (see the intro above for which stock to use)
- 3/4 lb / 390g can of tomatoes.chopped
- Dash salt
- Dash pepper
- 1 tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro) or tarragon leaves
- Place the washed lentils into a large saucepan or stockpot cover with the stock. Bring to the boil and cook, uncovered for 10 mins. Cover the pan, lower the heat and simmer for a further 15 mins.
- Place the lentils, stock, tomatoes (including any juice) and fresh herbs into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
- Return the soup to the pan and reduce slightly or until a thickness you like (II like my red lentil soup quite thick but it is up to you).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve drizzled with a little cream. All you need alongside this dish is some crusty bread and a little butter. The soup makes a good lunch dish and a good starter for a winter dinner party.
A pulse usually means the seeds of leguminous plants such as beans, peas and lentils. The pulses can usually be eaten in their raw state, but more often that not, the pulse will be dried.
One of the great features of a pulse is that it is high in protein making them a great addition to the vegetarian diet. But equally, they are a healthy option for meat eaters. Added to this, the fact that they are also a slow release carbohydrate, they give the sense of feeling fuller for longer, helpful for those wanting to shed a few pounds, and, pulses also add fibre to the diet.
One of the biggies on pulses though is that they are cheap to buy. So you can bulk out your meal for all the reasons mentioned above, and eat healthily at the same time.