I love lentil soup.
Delicious, savoury & warming as well as cheap and easy to make.
- A chopped onion
- A slice of bacon chopped - this is optional, but I had a lone slice of smoked bacon lurking in the fridge, and I do find that smoked bacon adds a certain something to lentil soup.
- A small carrot diced. My carrot is in matchsticks but that's because I "rescued" it from leftover salad that we had last night!
- 1 heaped teaspoon of marigold vegetable stock powder. (This is my favourite substitute for real stock, but feel free to use any stock cube)
- A couple of big handfuls of red lentils rinsed well. (I think there is probably about 8oz lentils)
Fry off the bacon, carrots and onions in a teaspoon or so of oil. Add the lentils, stock powder and two pints water. Bring to the boil and simmer until the lentils have turned to mush - about 20-30 minutes. At this point you can either serve as is or for a smoother soup give it a whiz with a stick blender.
Told you it was easy!
I have on occasion been known to just chuck the lot in the pan together without bothering to do the saute bit first and it still turns out OK. When I am using bacon however I like to brown any fat on the bacon first as I can't abide eating bits of white fat!