Lentil Soup, my go to lunch time soup

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I love this soup, it is my go to for a soup for lunch. I usually add a tsp of ginger paste from a jar, a tsp of garlic paste, and a tsp of turmeric to give it a lovely spicy kick, and at 16p a serving, you can have a big bowl.

If you want to add different curry pastes or powder, try what you have and you’ll get a different flavour every time. Reduce the water right down, and you can use this as a pasta sauce. You’ll need to watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn. I haven’t tried it yet, when I do, I’ll tell you how much water to use

It is from the first meal plan I wrote, right back at the beginning of Thrifty Lesley, plus I also added it to the next one as well

 

 

lentil soup

carrot & lentil soup

Lentil Soup

My go to for soup for lunch. I usually add ginger, garlic & turmeric
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: English
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, vegan, vegetarian
Dietary Requirements: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Other: Freezes Well
Servings: 4
Cost per portion 16p
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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Ingredients

  • 70 g onion chopped
  • 100 g carrots scrubbed and chopped (no need to peel)
  • 250 g red lentils
  • 1 tblsp oil

Instructions

  • Saute the onion and carrots in the oil until soft. 
  • Add the red lentils and a litre of water.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes. Click here to start a 20 minute timer
  • Whizz with a stick blender or in a liquidiser, or leave as it is.
  • Add more water if the soup is thicker than you would like

Notes

If you are following the planner for Meal Plan 1 or Meal Plan 2, serve half the soup between 2 people on 2 separate days.
A delicious variation for this soup is to add a teaspoon of turmeric and a thumbnail of fresh ginger and perhaps a little garlic. It gives a lovely spicy flavour. You could also experiment with other spices. Any curry powder or curry paste will add its own distinctive flavour
This soup features in both Meal Plan 1 and Meal Plan 2, complete 7 day plans for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list
 
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 702mg20%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 4201IU84%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Lesley

    It’s one of my favourites, especially with a bit of garlic, ginger and turmeric in it

  2. Paul

    Trying this tonight. I will let you know how I get on.

  3. Lesley

    Fantastic Martyn, well done. I’m so glad you are enjoying it

  4. Martyn

    This was delicious. I never cook for myself, so thought it would be a pain chopping the ingredients, I was wrong! I had enough for a large bowl full, and filled an empty soup container (2 servings) with the other half. Looking forward to cooking my dinner soon. (Chole & Naan). Many thanks and I will keep you up to date with my progress.

  5. Lesley

    How exciting! Let me know how you get on 🙂

  6. Martyn

    I work part-time, so trying to pay for a house, keeping a social life and feeding myself is hard. I have challenged myself to follow your meal plans for a whole month. Did my first shop earlier and this will be my first meal. Hopefully the beginning of wealthier times!

  7. Lesley

    It’s one of my favourites Brenda, glad you like it too.Let me know if you find something else you like

  8. Brenda Clarke

    I have just made your Carrot & Lentil soup. Absolutely delicious. I live on my own so shall freeze what’s left for later. Thank you very much. I am now going to browse the rest of your recipes.
    Brenda.

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