Tomato, Red Lentil and Basil Soup (Vegan)

Tomato, Lentil and Basil Soup 2

Tomato, Lentil and Basil Soup

Soups and stews are super quick and easy. For me, as a mum with an occasionally hungry boy, I love foods that do not take long to cook or prepare. Tomato, red lentil and basil soup is really simple and it does not take long to prepare either. Oh and it tastes delicious too. Plus the added bonus is lentils are a super cheap meal and extremely versatile. They are an economic way to add a healthy source of protein, dietary fibre and essential minerals. Lentils can be added to many meals instead of purchasing expensive cuts of meat.

The humble lentil is enjoyed all over the world in many types of recipes and I think, they make a great meat substitute. Lentils are adored by vegan and vegetarians because they are a great high protein food. They are rich in nutrients and have a hearty dense texture. Lentils nutritional benefits include the ability to improve and maintain heart health, fight blood sugar fluctuations, help with weight loss and improve digestive health too.

So not only is this meal quick, simple and easy, it’s very healthy too. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. A great meal for the family to enjoy together. It can be served with my Flat Breads, Chickpea Flour Wraps or a thick piece of Sourdough bread. We love eating this dish with mozzarella pearls but it can be eaten on its own too. Well worth a try.

Equipment needed

Tomato, Lentil and Basil Soup

Tomato, Lentil and Basil Soup

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Slow cooker
    • Or large saucepan and wooden spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Food processor
  • Measuring jug
  • Plastic brush

Ingredients

  • Onions x 1
  • Garlic x 4 cloves
  • Red lentils x 300g
  • Vegetable stock x 500mls
    • Or chicken stock x 500mls (if not vegan)
  • Tomatoes x 2 400g tins
  • Dried oregano x 1 tsp
  • Basil x 1 large handful
  • Spinach x 1 200g bag
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mozzarella pearls x 150g (if not vegan)
  • Olive oil (hob method only)

Method for slow cooker

  • Peel and roughly chop the onions and garlic.
  • Then add these to the slow cooker.
  • Next add in the red lentils, vegetable stock, dried oregano and tomatoes to the pot.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Turn the slow cooker on low for eight hours or on high for four hours.
  • An hour before the end of cooking time, turn the slow cooker off and leave the soup to cool.
  • Once it has cooled slightly but not completely, add into the food processor.
    • The process may need to be done in two batches as the food processor may not be big enough for all the soup. Use the measuring jug if necessary.
  •  And while the soup is in the food processor, split the spinach and the basil in half and add the halves to each batch.
  • Put the soup back into the slow cooker and keep on low until ready to serve.
  • Finally, serve with bread or wraps and enjoy.

Method for hob

  • Peel and roughly chop the onions and garlic.
  • Put the large saucepan on a medium to high heat and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Spread the olive oil evenly over the base of the pan with the plastic brush.
  • Once the pan is hot enough add the onions and the garlic.
  • Fry until the onions are translucent. It should take about 5 minutes.
  • Now add in the vegetable stock, tinned tomatoes, read lentils and dried oregano.
  • Bring to the boil and leave to simmer until the lentils are cooked.
    • As per the packet instructions.
  • Then, remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  • Once cooled slightly, add to the food processor.
    • The process may need to be done in two batches as the food processor may not be big enough for all the soup. Use the measuring jug if necessary.
  • And while the soup is in the food processor, split the spinach and the basil in half and add the halves to each batch.
  • Put the soup back on a low heat on the hob until ready to serve.
  • Finally, serve with bread or wraps and enjoy.
Tomato, Lentil and Basil Soup 1

Tomato, Lentil and Basil Soup

Tomato, Red Lentil and Basil Soup is a great meal that will serve the whole family. The best part about this dish is that it can be frozen as one big meal for four or it can made into batches. It’s a delicious mid week meal that is quick and easy. Meals like these are dishes that I really appreciate as a stay at home mum. It means I can spend more time with my family and less time in the kitchen. However you decide to eat this meal, as always, enjoy.