Lentil Soup

Written by  //  November 27, 2012  //  Recipes, Soups  //  4 Comments

Last week I read in the press (so it must be true) that families were feeding their children  junk food because it was cheaper than fresh. Two for one pizzas, chicken nuggets, oven chips white bread etc etc. I find this sad and I wasn’t convinced that it was true. I agree that food has gone up in price but it is still possible to cook healthy nutritious food without spending a fortune especially if you buy food that is in season.  Strawberries in December will always be expensive. There is also a misconception that cooking takes a long time, it needn’t but then I am coming at it as somebody who likes to cook.
Yesterday I saw that Prue Leith had published a menu plan for one week of food which came in at £50
The Menu As Pru says you don’t have to eat baked beans but they are good and one of my favourite quick meals. If cooking on a budget soup is a great way to fill up children and husbands and one of my favourites is Lentil. I usually add a tin of tomatoes but if you don’t want to add them don’t.  I also add a tsp of hot pepper sauce, but then I would.  It doesn’t make it really spicy but if you would rather leave it out then do so. I very rarely use actual measurements for soup so the ingredients I give are just a guide. As a rough guide I add all my ingredients then just cover with water. You can always add more later if the soup is too thick.

Lentil Soup


  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 2 or 3 carrots roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of red lentils thoroughly rinsed, don’t skip the rinsing or your soup will be scummy!
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1tsp hot pepper sauce
  • water or stock to cover the ingredients in the pan. I use Marigold Boullion Powder.
  1. Put everything in the pan bring to the boil then lower the heat and cook till the carrots and lentils are soft.
  2. Blitz with a hand blender or  liquidise.


4 Comments on "Lentil Soup"

  1. 0duncster0 November 27, 2012 at 21:09 · Reply

    Just needs a ham hock & bit layer of yellow grease. Yum.

    • marietait34
      marietait34 November 27, 2012 at 21:15 · Reply

      I have made it with ham but I really prefer it with a veggie stock and minus the scum which is why I wash the lentils.

  2. lisad November 27, 2012 at 21:30 · Reply

    Yes, but is at nice as gran used to make?

    • marietait34
      marietait34 November 27, 2012 at 21:33 · Reply

      It’s better because I spice it up and I don’t use ham stock.

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