Spicy Lentil & Tomato Soup

Of all the spicy lentil soup recipes, this is my favourite.

Low GI, 288 cals.  Freezes well. Easy.

Serves 4

250g   Red Lentils
1tbs     Oil, vegetable
1          Onion, large, finely chopped
1          Garlic clove, finely chopped
1          Celery stick, finely chopped
200g  Can chopped tomatoes
0.5      Green chilli, deseeded, finely chopped (optional)
0.5tsp Paprika
0.5tsp Harissa paste
0.5tsp Cumin, freshly ground
600ml Vegetable stock

Herbs to garnish – parsley or coriander are best.

  1. Place lentils in a bowl of warm water, while you gently fry the onion, garlic and celery in the oil, until softened.
  2. Drain the lentils, add to pan with the tomatoes, chilli, paprika, harissa, cumin and stock.
  3. Cover the pan and simmer until lentils are soft (around 30-40 mins), adding more stock or water is it gets too thick. Check seasoning.
  4. Serve topped with a few chopped herbs.

Tip ~ also nice garnished with charred chorizo.

Soup and lentils are both great diet foods as they are filling. The chilli boosts the metabolism too!

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