In the Autumn I love to eat nice, warming soups full of flavour and veggies. I know it’s not technically Autumn yet but with a slight chill in the wind I’m going to tuck in and enjoy a nice September-ey soup.
Essentially this recipe is for an amazing and tasty carrot and coriander soup but packed full of protein with some tasty lentils.
Finely chop 2 sticks of celery and 4 medium carrots and place in a pan with a handful of chopped coriander and about a pint and a half of boiling water. Bring to the boil on a high heat and when boiling switch down to a medium heat and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. Although it is easy to cook the carrot and celery much quicker on a high heat the length of time simmering allows the coriander to break down and the flavour to really take hold.
Once soft and well cooked add lentils to the soup. The great thing with this recipe is you can use any lentils of your choice, I’m using red lentils as I really love the way the break down whilst cooking and make the texture of the soup really thick and creamy. Continue to cook, I use a medium heat and cook for approximately 45 minutes. Another great way to bulk this up for winter and autumn evening meals is to add rice, add rice at the same time as the lentils and cook on a higher heat to ensure the rice is cooked through, you may need to add more boiling water as it cooks on a higher heat.