Jan 12th, 2014
Every lunchtime I make soup. Note I said ‘I’ because cooking isn’t something R does. For the cost of one carton from the chill cabinet in the supermarket you can make an enormous pot which will do at least three sets of lunches for the two of us. Really easy to make and combined with a fresh loaf out of the breadmaker we have a fantastic lunch.
R’s favourite is lentil. This is how I make it – it takes 10 minutes to make, 40 minutes to cook and feeds 6 normal people or 4 hungry ones.
Take one packet (1lb) red lentils and rinse in a sieve under the cold water tap. Put in a pan. Peel and chop one large onion and 5 large carrots and add to pan. Pour over 3 pints of cold water and add two stock cubes (or make with homemade stock). Bring to boil stirring occasionally. Reduce to simmer and cook for 30 to 40 minutes until lentils cooked and vegetables tender. Whizz until smooth with stick blender.
Freezes well and you can make it without the blender by grating the carrots instead of chopping them (soup is very thick this way).
Some of my other favourites are mushroom, broccoli (or cauliflower), French onion, minestrone and cock-o-leekie. None of these take more than 15 minutes prep time and they are all pretty tasty (even though I say so myself).