Red lentil & carrot soup

Red lentil & carrot soup

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(39 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 2
This warming and budget-friendly vegetarian soup is perfect packed in a flask for lunch. It's also easy to double the quantities and freeze half for later

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal258
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre8g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.6g
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Ingredients

  • 1 white onion, finely sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and diced
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 85g red lentils
  • 1 vegetable stock cube, crumbled
  • generous sprigs parsley, chopped (about 2 tbsp) plus a few extra leaves
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. Put the kettle on to boil while you finely slice the onion. Heat the oil in a medium pan, add the onion and fry for 2 mins while you slice the garlic and dice the carrots. Add them to the pan, and cook briefly over the heat.

  2. Pour in 1 litre of the boiling water from the kettle, stir in the lentils and stock cube, then cover the pan and cook over a medium heat for 15 mins until the lentils are tender. Take off the heat and stir in the parsley. Ladle into bowls, and scatter with extra parsley leaves, if you like.

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Capel
16th Aug, 2017
3.8
So simple and quick! I added a little cumin for extra taste.
HealthyLady
16th Jun, 2017
5.05
Quick, easy and tasty combination. Thank you
foodislife97
8th Jun, 2017
5.05
My family loved it! It was very quick and easy and after reading the comments I didn't expect much of a good taste, but I found it delicious! It's particularly great for weight loss since it contains very little fat, but is still very healthy and has a fairly high amount of protein!
marypearce111@g...
6th Jun, 2017
5.05
Such a simple recipe but sooooo tasty. V healthy
orlaaaigh
13th Apr, 2017
2.55
Found this very bland and watery, feel like it's much more of a base recipe for a soup - definitely needs some herbs and spices to give it a little extra flavour. Very quick and easy recipe though, I doubled everything up so have lots in the freezer!
Katyadoma
4th Apr, 2017
5.05
I just love this soup! It's easy and very tasty:) I was looking for a good lentil soup to be proper restaurant style - and I found it:) Thank you!
laylacol
29th Mar, 2017
5.05
Great all round family recipe. I blend it so the kids don't see the veg, they love this soup !
ChickeyH83
31st Jan, 2017
0.05
Really bland and watery. I added extra seasoning and spices to give it flavour but still not very palatable. Will not be making again.
mikerthebiker
18th Nov, 2016
5.05
Had this recipe for a while, but left it untried as it doesn't use any spices. Made it recently and loved it. It's now a regular. I doubled up the quantities - 2 onions, 4 big carrots, 170g red lentils and 1litre vegetable stock. It's naturally sweet and whisks to a thick consistency, it's become a real favourite. Thank you!
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nathanielkidd
5th Oct, 2016
I love this recipe. I find it easier to double the recipe. Also, I prefer to pour the soup over jasmine/basmati rice. Helps it go further and fill you up more. Great recipe! Thank you.

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