Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Thrifty Soup



We don't like to eat big heavy meals every night of the week. Eating something a little lighter is not only good for the waistline but also for the bank balance.

Today I made a good old thrifty red lentil soup.

In a large pan with some olive oil, I lightly fried a couple of small chopped onions and a couple of chopped garlic cloves for around 5 minutes until lightly golden.

I then added a large chopped tomato, and a teaspoon of grated root ginger, this was cooked for a further 5 minutes, then I added 200g red lentils and 1200ml of vegetable stock and a squirt of tomato puree. This was brought to the boil and then simmered for 20 mins until the lentils had softened. Then I added some chopped parsley and blended the soup, then added seasoning  and a couple tablespoons of lemon juice, before returning to the heat to warm through again.


This was served with a slow cooker bread.

I tried one of the bread mixes from Approved Foods.






Good simple honest food.

24 comments:

  1. Ooh, Marlene, that looks sooooo good! I love soup, all kinds!
    Margaret P

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  2. Thankyou Margaret, snap I love all kinds of soup also.

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  3. I've not tried slow cooker bread so I might give it a go. It can't end up much worse than my last effort!! The soup looks lovely, as does your garden in the last post. There is still a lot of colour there Marlene x

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    1. It is so easy, because I used mix, I just put it on the mixer used the dough hook and kneaded it for 10 mins then put on the slow cooker, it was lovely. Thankyou for your kind words, xx

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  4. I just had to buy a new slow cooker as my other one was not heating properly. I like the idea of slow cooker bread.

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    1. Slow cooker bread is nice, you are not going to get a hard crust, but I can live with that. I have had my slow cooker for years and years hope it lasts.

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  5. Lentil soup is one I go back to time and again, great for when the fridge is bare.

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    1. Same here there is always a bag of lentils in the cupboard.

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  6. I'm sure we would have enjoyed our soup if it hadn't been such a disaster....lol.
    What a lovely colour yours is.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. There's always another day, we all have disasters x

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  7. I love red lentil soup - I might try it with ginger next time. Sounds tasty x

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    1. The more ginger you put in the warmer it gets, its just a matter of personal taste, x

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  8. It looks delicious. I love soup. When it's with homemade bread, it can't get any better.
    How long do you slow cook the bread, Marlene?

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    1. Hi Nil, I put the slow cooker on high for up to 2 hours, but sometimes it only takes an hour and half, depends on the type of bread I guess, but I check it regularly.

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  9. How did you get on with the bread mix, some I have tried have been mediocre to say the least. I am looking for one to have in reserve in the store cupboard. The soup looks delicious. Its certainly the season for soups that is what we are having today, a hearty broth with mixed seed bread.

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    1. I haven't really used mixed before, but it worked well in the slow cooker. Nice you can't beat a hearty soup and fresh baked bread.

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  10. Does the bread stick to the slow cooker or do you add greaseproof paper?

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  11. I like soup a lot but I LOVE bread! Haven't made lentil soup for get. Thanks for the reminder.
    Been trying for ages to find a way to comment but having no luck so Here goes with yet another log in.
    I am assured that this way will work. Fingers crossed, Eloise

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    1. Well done on finding a way to comment, I still don't understand why you couldn't. Technology baffles me some times.
      I have to ration myself with the bread, but Lentil soup is one of my all time favourites.

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  12. That looks delicious. I am on a crusade to eat lighter a few evenings every week.

    God bless.

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    1. It is a good idea isn't it, I shall be cutting down more as weight easily gets put on during the cold comfort food season.

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