Lentil and Asparagus Soup

    1 hour 30 min

    This is a wonderfully hearty soup. Lentils are simmered with roasted garlic, pepper, asparagus, peas and carrots in a sweetened, curry-spiced chicken stock.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 medium head garlic
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 red pepper
    • 480g dry lentils
    • 1.8 litres chicken stock
    • 1 1/2 large carrot, grated
    • 1 large onion, grated
    • 135g asparagus tips
    • 140g garden peas
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
    • 2 tablespoons curry powder
    • 1 pinch saffron
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 230 C / Gas 8.
    2. Cut the top off of the head of garlic and place in a shallow dish in 2.5cm of water. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with basil, cover and place on a baking tray. Halve and seed the pepper, drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and place on the baking tray.
    3. Bake garlic and pepper in preheated oven until pepper is browned and garlic is soft, 20 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and when cool enough to handle, remove skin from pepper and chop. Squeeze out garlic cloves and mash together in a bowl to form a paste.
    4. While garlic and pepper are baking, combine lentils and chicken stock in a large pot over medium heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer 40 minutes, until lentils are just tender.
    5. Stir garlic paste, pepper, carrots, onion, asparagus, peas into lentil mixture, adding more stock to thin if necessary. Season with sugar, marmalade, curry powder, saffron, salt and pepper. Simmer 30 minutes more, until vegetables are tender and flavours are well blended.

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    Sooooper-nummy! I was thrilled to find a recipe with lentils and curry... I was tempted to make it vegetarian (for my BF's sake), but instead relented and added 2 breasts of chicken. This is the best soup I've made. I didn't have fresh veggies (except the asparagus), so I added some frozen bagged mixed vegetables (corn, peas, carrots, lima beans), and a bag of stir fry peppers/onions. I think I need to make this more often.. Who wants to do my dishes?  -  21 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This came out pretty well, I used prepared lentils which cut down the time spent cooking. I also used a lot more curry and I think it might have over shadowed the other flavors too much. The timing of cooking the vegetables is difficult because in the end there are some that are overcooked. Don't add the peppers until the very last minute!  -  16 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I never thought I would like lentils but this is wonderful. It does get thick. You can thin it or just leave it alone. I like it thick.  -  10 Jan 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)