Simple lentil soup

    55 min

    A simple but tasty lentil soup that can be tweaked to suit your own tastes! Use a selection of spices and seasonings to suit your tastes.

    Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 small knob of butter
    • 1 large leek, trimmed and sliced
    • 600g (4-5 medium-large) carrots, roughly chopped
    • 1.5 litres chicken stock
    • 300g red lentils
    • chilli powder to taste
    • ground cumin to taste
    • salt and black pepper to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat and soften leek.
    2. Add carrots, stock and lentils to pan. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes.
    3. Add a selection of your favourite spices and seasonings - I like a little mild chilli powder, some cumin, salt and pepper.


    Use vegetable stock to make this a vegetarian lentil soup.

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    Excellent - because this is a basic recipe which you can adjust to your own tastes. You can add parsnips to replace some carrots. I added half a pound of minced turkey to make it more substantial but still low fat. Also since you add the flavourings at end you can experiment and add different herbs to change the taste.  -  12 Nov 2012


    used turmeric, coriander, chili powder, garam masala and harissa. No leeks.  -  18 Jan 2015


    I love recipes that just use a few inexpensive ingredients. This is also really tasty, and great to take to work for lunch. I make it a veggie version and jazz it up with chilli flakes.  -  04 Jun 2014