Susan Hart Recipe: Winter vegetable and lentil soup

Today’s meat free Monday recipe from Susan. 



Makes 4 x 300g servings = which can be frozen
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230 calories per portion


250g parnsips

150g swede

200g potatoes

100g leek

150g dried red lentils

1 tsp olive oil

1 garlic clove

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

½ stock cube or 1 tsp bouillon powder

½ litre of hot water

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp cumin

1 chilli or 1 tsp dried chilli

1 bay leave (optional)

Salt and pepper

Dash of lemon juice


Wash all the vegetables but only peel the swede. Both the parsnips and the potatoes can keep their peel (to retain more fibre and nutrients). Chop in to bite sized pieces

I use a pressure cooker for this soup as it reduces the cooking time, But if you don’t have one then use a large pan. Add the oil to the pan and warm before adding the leeks. Cook on their own for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally to stop them colouring too much. Add the rest of the vegetables and stir. After a few minutes add the chilli, spices, bay leave, garlic, stock cube dissolved in the hot water, tinned tomatoes.

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ingredientsGive the whole lot a big stir and then add in the dried lentils. With another big stir

If you are using a pressure cooker at this point add the lid and wait for a steady stream of steam to be produced add the wait, turn down the gas to a simmer and set the timer for 10 minutes.

soupIf you are just using a large pan, cover with a lid, turn down to a simmer and cook for about 30-40 minutes. Or until all the veg are nice and soft and the lentils have broken down

Have a taste and then season with salt and pepper and a dash of lemon


You can leave the soup nice and chunky or use a stick blender to make it nice and smooth. This will thicken the sauce so add some more hot water, until you reached the desired consistency.

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It may mean that you then get an extra portion so the recipe will have 5 not 4 servings in which case the calorie per portion will reduce to 200


The soup can be kept covered in the fridge for 3 days. Any uneaten portions can be frozen and defrosted and reheated before eating