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Lentil Soup Recipe    HT   SP   40mins


Below is an easy to make Lentil Soup recipe


Serves 4    Hot  SoupStarter  Dairy free



2 tbsp Olive Oil

2 Carrots, finely chopped

1 Large Onion, finely chopped

2 Sticks Celery

2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped

1 Bay Leaf

1.2L/40fl.oz. Strong Stock (lamb, beef, chicken or vegetable)

225g/8oz Lentils, washed and picked over if necessary

1tbsp freshly chopped Thyme

1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar or Worcestershire Sauce

Salt and Black Pepper




1. Place the oil, carrot, onion, celery and garlic in a large saucepan and cook over a medium heat, stirring from time to time, until the vegetables are just tender.


2. Add the stock, lentils, bay leaf and thyme, bring to the boil then reduce the heat, partially cover and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring from time to time.


3. Stir in the vinegar or Worcestershire Sauce,  season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for a further 2-3 minutes. Serve hot.



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Common terms used when making sauces

Blend - To mix together ingredients, usually of different consistencies, to a smooth and even texture, utilising a utensil such as a wooden spoon or blender.

Coats a spoon – when a substance is rendered thin/thick enough so that when a wooden or metal spoon is inserted into it and taken out, the substance leaves a thin film “coating the spoon”.

Boil - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time.

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size


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Make Ahead

Allow to cool, cover and refrigerate


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