Packed full of lentils & engulfed in a deliciously spiced tomato sauce, this Lentil Soup is not only super tasty but it's also a healthy meal that can be made easily and enjoyed by all!
I've been trying to add more legumes to my diet, so I've been reading up on lentils a lot. If you’re wondering if lentil soup is good for you, the answer is yes! Lentils are very nutritious; they're rich in minerals and protein, high in fibre and low in fat. You may be thinking, but Houri, lentils are a carb, yes you are correct, but they're slow burning which means they keep you full longer.
I highly recommend enjoying this delicious soup with some sort of warm crusty bread for dunking! Don't settle for a bland lentil soup. Try my recipe, and you'll have everyone begging for seconds. I just had my third bowl!
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large carrot, grated
1 can of lentils (2 & 1/3 cups/540g/19oz)
400g/14oz crushed tomatoes
900ml-1litre/6 cups of your choice of broth- I highly recommend Campbells beef broth with red wine, it's delicious)
1/2 tablespoon of paprika
3 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1 lemon (zest + juice)
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion, cook for 2 minutes.
Add the carrot and cook for 2 minutes.
Add all remaining ingredients except the lemon and stir.
Increase the heat to boil and then reduce thr heat to a simmer. *I always scoop the foam on the surface of the soup and throw it out.
Place the lid on the pot and simmer on medium low heat for 20 minutes.