Child-friendly carrot and lentil soup

    30 min

    I first came up with this when my little girl was a toddler - and a very fussy eater - as a way to get her to eat more veg and pulses. It worked, and she still loves this soup now!

    Cumbria, England, UK
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    Makes: 4 to 6 child-sized portions

    • 1 onion
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 750ml vegetable stock (I use Swiss Marigold Powder)
    • 3 big carrots
    • 2 to 3 handfuls red lentils
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground coriander

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Peel and chop the onion and fry gently in the vegetable oil until soft and translucent.
    2. Put the kettle on to make the stock, then peel and chop carrots and add to pan.
    3. Make stock, give it a good mix and add to pan. Bring pan to boil, add lentils and coriander, and turn down to a simmer.
    4. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until carrots are soft and lentils cooked through.
    5. Allow to cool a little, then blitz in the pan with a hand-held blender. You might want to add more water if soup is too thick. Easy!


    The thicker the soup, the easier it is for a small person to eat and not make a mess! For variety you could sneak in a stick of celery, or substitute a sweet potato for a carrot.

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    I made this for my 2year old grandson and he loved it. I used a vegetable stock pot for the stock which gave it a good flavour. I had a bowl and enjoyed it too - I'll be making this again as its so quick and easy!  -  09 Jan 2018