Carrot, Thyme & Red Lentil Soup

There is a touch of Autumn in the air, even here in Southern Portugal, and my body naturally craves foods that echo the seasons.  I’m using a lot of red lentils in my cooking at the moment, blended in soups, dhals and stews they give an irresistible creamy texture and add the all important protein element to an otherwise carb heavy dish.

Roasting the carrots first intensifies the flavour and adds a sweeter edge to this soup, if you serve it topped with seeds, or a drizzle of flax or hemp oil, you have a nutrient dense meal balanced with complex carbohydrates, protein and essential fats.  Enjoy.

Makes enough for 4 generous bowls:

1 large white onion

3 sticks celery

1 medium leek

1 kg carrots

small bunch fresh thyme, or 1 tbsp. dried

200g dried red lentils

1.5 litres good quality vegetable stock

sea salt and pepper to taste

Wash and roughly cut the carrots into chunks, don’t worry about peeling them.  Place in a roasting tin with all but two sprigs of the thyme, a glug of olive oil, a good pinch of salt and some pepper.  Toss about to coat and distribute the thyme, then roast at 180c for around 20-30 minutes or until a little coloured and a knife goes through easily.

Meanwhile dice the onion, celery and leek (except the toughest of the green part) and saute with the lid on over a medium heat with some olive oil until soft.  Add the lentils and stock and cook for 10 minutes, then add the roasted carrots and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes.

Leave to cool for 5 minutes then blend, adding salt and pepper to taste, until lovely and smooth.  Serve garnished as above, with a little extra thyme.

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2 thoughts on “Carrot, Thyme & Red Lentil Soup

  1. Mmmm, thanks for that …… it sounds wonderful – can’t wait to try it! We still have tasty memories of the soup you made when we did the delivery trip with Bora Bora from Hartlepool to Weymouth!

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  2. 🙂 I’m in the (slow) process of updating the blog with pages for separate categories etc. I have another blog mondayskitchen.wordpress.com which is my nutrition/food one, but thought I’d overlap the two slightly, as cooking is such a big part of the ‘liveaboard lifestyle’ and what I spend A LOT of my time doing! Hope you guys are well? I’ll be blogging about the Guadiana in a few days where we’ve been for the last couple of weeks.

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