|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||20%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 12mg||59%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Red lentil and tomato soup is so easy to make. It takes very little time, and it's nutritious and inexpensive. What's not to like?
Aside from the healthy lentils and tomatoes, you will also need some stock. If you have it in the freezer, now is the time to use it, but it's always fine to use a stock cube as a substitute. Use vegetable stock if you want a vegetarian soup; otherwise chicken stock is good.
Drizzle some cream on the soup and serve it along with a tossed green salad or crusty homemade bread to round out the meal.
7 ounces red lentils, washed thoroughly and any grit removed
1 1/2 pints stock
1 (3/4-pound) can chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, or tarragon leaves
Dash salt, or to taste
Dash pepper, or to taste
Heavy cream, to taste, optional garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Place the washed lentils into a large saucepan or stockpot and cover with the stock. Bring to boil and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.
Cover the pan, lower the heat, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
Place the lentils, stock, tomatoes (including any juice), and fresh herbs into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
Return the soup to the pan and reduce slightly or until it's a thickness you like.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve drizzled with a little cream.
All you need alongside this dish is some crusty bread and a little butter, and you'll be set.
- For the stock, you can use chicken stock, vegetable stock, or a stock cube.
What are pulses?
A pulse usually means the seeds of leguminous plants such as beans, peas, and lentils. The pulses can usually be eaten in their raw state, but more often than not, the pulse will be dried.
One of the great features of a pulse is that it is high in protein, making it a great addition to the vegetarian diet.
Equally, pulses are a healthy option for meat eaters. Added to this, the fact that they are also a slow-release carbohydrate gives the sense of feeling fuller for longer, which is helpful for those wanting to shed a few pounds.