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Lentil soup

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • basil92basil92 Forumite
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    I have a load of green lentils and veg that need using up so thought about making Lentil Soup:D

    However, I've just looked at my box of veg stock cubes...and they are a year out of date :o:o:o (shows how often I use stock cubes)

    My question is...do you think the stock cubes will be ok:o

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  • foxglovesfoxgloves Forumite
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    Dug out some old cookbooks yesterday & made Rose Elliott's Golden Lentil Soup from the Cheap & Easy vegetarian Cookbook. Was struck by how cheap, filling & nice it was. For anyone who'd like to try it, the only ingredients are:
    1 onion, chopped
    1 litre of vegetable stock (I use 4tspns Marigold powder to make mine....a drum of that lasts for ages)
    8 oz red split lentils
    Half oz butter or tblspn oil
    salt & pepper
    (Rose Elliot puts lemon juice in hers but I didn't bother as needed my 1 lemon for something else)
    Heat oil & cook chopped onion until softened but not browning. Add the lentils & stir for a monute or two. Add the stock, bring to the boil & simmer gently for 20 mins till lentils are soft. Remove from heat & liquidise. Add salt & pepper to taste. For so few ingredients, I was surprised how nice it was. Had forgotten how good that book is for cheap & filling recipes. Don't know if it's still in print, but always worth looking at the cookery books in charity shops, I've picked up some good thrifty ones there x
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  • elf06elf06 Forumite
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    Excellent - i have been looking to make lentil soup again as I always feel like its a real winter soup. I am always amazed at how cheap it is to make. could you tell me if this is a thick soup please as I like to stand my spoon up in lentil soup and will just adjust the amount of lentils if needed.
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  • Try adding a teaspoon of cumin - great for taste and supposed to help stop the bloating you can get with lentils!!:eek:
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  • Kate78Kate78 Forumite
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    ^ Yes, totally agree with the above. I like to add the cumin at the same time as the onion.
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    i tried a recipe the same as that once but added a couple of tinned tomatoes and some grated carrot. Then blended when cooked and it was delicious a bit like heinz tomato
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    Hi foxgloves,

    I've added your thread to the main thread on making lentil soup as it will help others to find your recipe more easily.

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  • foxglovesfoxgloves Forumite
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    Hi Elf, yes it is pretty thick, but put a bit less water in and then if it's too thick for you then you can always dilute it back to the strength in the original recipe. I've had a big jug of it in the fridge & we've heated it up as & when we've needed it and I'd say it's got a tendency to get thicker if it sits. Hope you like it anyway.
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  • moozie_2moozie_2 Forumite
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    foxgloves wrote: »
    1 onion, chopped
    1 litre of vegetable stock (I use 4tspns Marigold powder to make mine....a drum of that lasts for ages)
    8 oz red split lentils
    Half oz butter or tblspn oil
    salt & pepper


    Thanks foxgloves :) MAde a version of the above earlier. Had 11 oz of red lentils so used them up and added some more stock to balance it. I also added half a teaspoon of cumin and I had two rashers of bacon that needed to go so I dridled them and then chopped them into the pan.

    I blended the entire soup after cooking it for about 45 mins and both of us loved it. A very thick, filling and tasty lunch :T
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  • foxgloves wrote: »
    For anyone who'd like to try it, the only ingredients are:
    1 onion, chopped
    1 litre of vegetable stock (I use 4tspns Marigold powder to make mine....a drum of that lasts for ages)
    8 oz red split lentils
    Half oz butter or tblspn oil
    salt & pepper.....

    forgotten how good that book is for cheap & filling recipes. Don't know if it's still in print, but always worth looking at the cookery books in charity shops, I've picked up some good thrifty ones there x

    Thanks Foxgloves, I've just made a version of this, I used dried onion (no fresh), added a shake of chilli flakes and some bacon, used chicken stock (cube) and more like 1.5 litres of water.

    Blitzed it all down and it's a lovely soup that isn't too thick (not a fan to soups that are gloopy!)

    It's lovely :D thanks for the recipe.

    I've got a Rose Elliot book somewhere that came from a charity shop, must try and dig it out.
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