Thursday, 14 May 2009

A Soup of Necessity

I hate throwing away food. We eat a lot of vegetables, but it's not unusual for us to spontaneously go out to eat several times in a week, so there are some times when I have a lot of vegetables in the fridge which are just about to turn.

At these times, I make soup.

This time, it was a bag of carrots and a few leeks which particularly needed to be cooked right now.

Carrot & Lentil Soup (serves ~6)

3 leeks
3 cloves garlic
1tbsp olive oil
1tbsp cumin seeds
1tbsp mustard seeds
3 pints vegetable stock
2 cups red lentils
12 carrots
black pepper & chilli flakes, to taste
  1. Thinly slice leeks & garlic. Chop carrots finely.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan, add the leeks, garlic, cumin seeds and mustard seeds, and fry until leeks are soft.

  3. Add the stock and bring to the boil.

  4. Add lentils and carrots; simmer until carrots are tender (around 1/2 hour).

  5. Flavour with black pepper and chilli flakes - I put quite a lot of chilli. 'Normal' people may also wish to add salt.

  6. Puree for a smoother texture, and add a little more water if you want a thinner soup.


Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Yummy. I am a soup lover!

Patty said...

You should write a cookbook and sell it on Amazon.

I love soups and I, too, hate wasting left overs. I am not a great cook so soups are a favorite around our house because it is hard not to mess them up. Just add stuff, water, or tomato sauce, soy milk (we are vegetarians so soy goes into our milk-based soups), and stir, and cook.

Debbie said...

I hate to waste food and soup is the best way to use it!

Chef E said...

What a lovely soup! I could eat it everyday as a matter of fact...

Kazzy said...

You ever think of writing a cookbook?

Sanghi said...

Yummy yummy soup Rachel. I'm hosting a blog event names 'Fall in love - Carrot', you can send this recipe to that. Check my food blog for details on it..!:)

Emmie said...

I am such a lentil fan. This soup sounds yummy. thank you for sharing the idea! x

Anonymous said...

I think I need to make this - I had a slight mix-up with an Ocado order, and ended up with three bags of carrots instead of three carrots.

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