If you’re a soup fan like I am, then this red pepper and lentil version will more than likely hit the spot. I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my life, but I haven’t always been a massive fan of lentils, to be honest. However, I know they’re an acquired taste, and they are something I’ve actually grown to love over the years.
How good is the soup on Slimming World?
If you’re following Slimming World or trying to improve your diet by increasing the number of veggies you eat, this recipe will certainly help. Containing onion, garlic, carrot, leek, celeriac, courgette, parsnip (you can substitute with swede or turnip if it’s the wrong season), tomatoes and peppers, your five-a-day is easily within reach.
For me, I don’t ever feel I need to dunk a bread roll into this soup as it’s so thick, and the lentils make it filling. However, if you are a carb-a-holic (many of us are!), try a low-syn wholemeal bread roll or even a slice of wholemeal toast or pitta bread.
This soup is syn free on Slimming World so you only need to count syns of any bread you eat with it.
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Can I make this recipe?
Don’t let the long list of ingredients put you off trying out this recipe. It’s deceptively simple with an outcome that has a great depth and balance of flavours.
Everybody loves a healthy vegetable soup because the exact measurements are irrelevant. Chuck, in whatever you like. If you don’t like leeks, don’t put any in. If you love celeriac – and every vegetarian lentil soup recipe needs celeriac – then overload the pan with it. You must include peppers and lentils, though. Otherwise, it’s pointless.
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Place all the veg you want to use in the order in which you want to chop – any order is good, but start with garlic and onion and end with red peppers as the garlic needs to go in the pan first and the last thing in will be the red peppers!
Chop your veg into small pieces and add the veg to the pan as you finish each piece. Keep the heat low and stir every few minutes to prevent sticking.
Put your tomatoes in a bowl and cover them in boiling water. Leave for about 2 minutes, drain the water, be careful not to burn your hands, and rip the skin off the tomatoes. Chop very small and add to the mix.
Make about a litre of vegetable stock and pour over the vegetables. Stir well.
De-seed your peppers and cut them into bite-size chunks for easy cooking. Put them in the pan and keep stirring. Add soy sauce and Tabasco for an extra kick if you want to at this point.
Cook the red lentils in a separate saucepan. About 15 minutes in simmering boiling water should do the trick.
Blend the vegetable and stock mix until smooth, not the lentils though, keep those separate.
Drain the lentils and add them to the smooth vegetable mixture. Gently cook for a further couple of minutes
Season to taste with black pepper!
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