Hearty Red Lentil Soup


  • 500g split red lentils (rinsed with plenty of water)
  • 2 lt of water
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped (or 3 small ones)
  • 2 level tsp ground cumin
  • 1 level tsp turmeric
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 veggie stock cube
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500ml tomato passata (or a can of tinned tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • chives


In a large pot, add the olive oil and bring to medium to high heat.
Add all finely chopped vegetables and sautée for about 8-10 minutes. Add cumin and turmeric and mix in for about a minute.
Add water, stock cube, tomato passata, bay leaf, and lentils, and bring to a boil. Allow soup to simmer on medium heat for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Once fully cooked, I take around 3 ladlefuls blend it in the food processor, and return it to the soup pot to make it more velvety. The soup should be fairly thick and ready to serve. I normally serve the soup with a dollop of yogurt and sprinkle chives on top.

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