Soup is great- whatever vegetables are in you can whizz them up into a really satisfying and healthy meal in under an hour. This recipe I have used for all sorts of occasions- when I am home alone and fancy some warming soup that I know will store well for a few days after for any leftovers as well as for a starter (or easy lunch with homemade bread) when friends come over.
Chop up 2 onions, 2 peeled carrots, 2 celery sticks and 1 peeled potato.
Fry gently for five minutes in a some vegetable oil (about 2 tablespoons). Then add a litre of hot vegetable stock, 2 tins of chopped tomatoes and 250g split red lentils (washed).
Season to taste, add a few splashes of tabasco sauce and then simmer, covered, for 40 minutes.
You can add small soup paste shapes in the last 10 minutes of cooking, or dumplings if you want something more substantial. Enjoy in large bowls with fresh bread for dipping.
Delicious, tasty and filling.