What do you do when it doesn’t all go according to plan? You prepare some food. A big, hearty, warming, bowl of lentil soup, that is.
Today’s post should have been about chestnuts. I had planned to roast them and make some delicious meal with it. But, unfortunately, the chestnuts at my local grocery store looked rather musty, so that was no option. I also didn’t have enough time to go in search of chestnut trees in the forests nearby.
So I made some soup to share with you instead.
The Perfect Soup
This red-lentil soup is so easy and versatile, and just absolutely delicious! While I frequently cook up a small portion just for myself (and next day’s lunch), this soup has also saved me once when I had to cook for fifteen people. As long as you have an enormous stockpot, use this recipe and you will be fine!
Vegan Red Lentil Soup
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
200 grams dry red lentils
6 medium potatoes
1.5 l vegetable broth
1 tsp smoked paprika (This is very different from regular paprika powder, I used the “hot” version of the “la Chinata” smoked paprika. You can order it here.)
a pinch of salt to taste
⅛ tsp black pepper
- Peel and dice the potato and carrots. Set aside.
- Dice the onion. Heat oil in a large stockpot, turn heat to medium and cook the onion until it becomes soft and transparent. Then add the tomato paste and keep stirring. Let this cook for 2 to 3 minutes. The tomato will caramelize a bit, giving your soup a slightly sweet taste.
- Rinse the lentils and add them to the pot together with the potato and carrot. Stir.
- Now add the vegetable broth and smoked paprika. Also add a pinch of pepper. Make sure everything in the pan is mixed well.
- Cover the pan with the lid and bring the whole to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat down low and leave to simmer for about half an hour. Stir occasionally.
- After half an hour, add salt if needed. I usually find I don’t need to add any more salt, but that depends on the type of vegetable broth used and your own taste.
- Serve steaming hot. Enjoy!
Note: As I forgot to buy tomato paste, I left that out this time. As a result, the soup in the pictures is slightly lighter coloured than yours will be. Although the soup was tasty this time as well, I highly recommend you do include tomato paste!
What is your favourite fail-proof recipe?