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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Basic Soup Recipe

I always suggest that people try to make their own soups. Soup makes a very nutritious meal, and once you get the hang of it, very easy too. It is an excellent way of consuming plenty of vegetables, and a great way of using up left over veg at the end of the week.

So here is a basic (easy!) soup recipe…..

Lentil Soup (serves 1, quantities may be doubled for two people)

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

Ingredients5ml / 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
50g / 4 tablespoons red lentils
450ml water
Chopped parsley to garnish (optional)
Pepper to season

Heat the oil in a saucepan.
Add the onion and carrot and fry on a low heat until softened, about 3 minutes.
Add all the other ingredients, put a lid on the pan and turn up the heat until the soup is boiling. Reduce heat and simmer gently for about 35 minutes or until the lentils are soft, stirring occasionally. Add a little more water if required.
For a smoother soup put in a blender or through a sieve.
Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and black pepper before .

This recipe can form the basis of any type of soup you want to make. Just add any extra vegetables or pulses (adding more water to get the desired consistency). You might not be used to cooking without salt, and at first this soup might taste bland. Use spices (especially garlic) to increase the flavour, but NO SALT!

The handblender I mentioned below is ideal for quick and easy soup making.

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