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Lentil & Tomato Soup

Serves 4 | 30 minutes
A really easy, tasty soup that is a big favourite with everyone. You can also add some grated carrot near the end if you want extra goodies in the soup!

  • 2 squirts oil spray
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped - use red if you can
  • 1 red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed (optional)
  • 175g/6oz red lentils, washed and drained
  • 2 tins tomatoes - plum or chopped
  • 1.15L/2pts vegetable stock - use 4 rounded tsp of powder or follow packet instructions if using cubes
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs or 1 tbsp fresh of your choice (eg thyme, oregano)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: half a grated carrot per portion

1 Heat a medium-large saucepan and add the oil spray. Add the onion and sauté for several minutes until it starts to soften. Add a little stock or juice from the tomatoes if it starts to stick.

2 Add the red pepper and garlic and cook in for another 3 minutes.

3 Add the lentils, tomatoes, stock and herbs and stir in well.

4 Cook for 20 minutes or longer. If using grated carrot, add a few minutes before the end of the cooking time.

5 Blend to get the consistency you like - completely smooth or a bit textured. Use a hand blender if you have one, much quicker.

6 Taste and season to your liking.