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Lentil Soup Recipe

A delicious winter soup, making a light meal by itself if served with good bread. It can be made with vegetable stock, if you’re vegetarian – we recommend Marigold powdered ‘stock mix’ if using a bought in product.

Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians

Ingredients

For 4 large helpings:

2 large Onions, peeled and chopped

2 large Carrots, peeled and chopped

2 sticks of Celery, finely chopped

4 tablespoons bacon fat or butter if you don't have any

250gr/½ lb Orange Lentils, rinsed through with cold water

1.7 litres/3 pints Ham Stock - use Chicken Stock or Vegetable Stock if you don't have any

Salt and freshly-ground Black Pepper

Croûtons for serving

Equipment: a Mouli Légume is an advantage, if not a strong sieve

Method

- Heat the Bacon fat or butter in a pan large enough to hold all the ingredients and 'sweat' the vegetables slowly for 5 minutes.

- Add the lentils and turn them over in the fat and vegetable mixture until they are well coated.

- Pour in the stock and bring the mixture slowly to the boil. Reduce to a bare simmer and cook for 1 - 1½hours.

- Put the soup through a food mill (Mouli Légume) or force as much as possible through a sieve.

- Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with a side-bowl of croutons (small cubes of bread, fried in butter or olive oil until crisp) - allowing your guests to help themselves to these.

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