The colder weather makes me want to swap from eating salads to comfort foods. I don’t want to fall into the trap of eating too much bread, so it’s time to start making soup. Homemade soup is so much tastier and cheaper than buying shop bought soup in my opinion. Most soups are also so versatile they can be made on the hob or if you are short on time, leave them to cook in the slow cooker during the day. We always have carrots in the fridge and coriander is a staple dry herb that is always in the cupboard. You can use fresh coriander if you have it or prefer the flavour, but dried is a cheap and just as good alternative in my opinion. Mix in a couple of additional ingredients and you have a filling and very healthy soup in under 30 minutes. Here’s my recipe for easy carrot and coriander soup.
Ingredients (serves 4)
eight medium to large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
1tsp olive oil
1tbsp dried coriander
2 vegetable stock cubes
1 litre boiling water
1 cup of red lentils
Heat the olive oil and add the onion. Fry for a couple of minutes until softened. Add the water and stock cubes, carrots, lentils and coriander. Cover and leave for twenty minutes until the lentils have cooked through and the carrots are soft. If you choose to cook your soup in the slow cooker, then leave on low for six hours.
I blend my soup using my hand blender that I have had for years and does just as good job as a larger blender. Depending on your personal preference for eating soup, blend to a smooth consistency or leave it slightly chunkier if you prefer. Personally I like mine to be smooth. Stir in fresh coriander if you like the colour, or a sprinkle of dried coriander for additional flavour. Serve immediately whilst hot.
The beauty of this soup is that you can easily store it in the fridge for a couple of days or portion it down and freeze.
Adding lentils to the soup makes it a very cost effective recipe, which would work very well if you were following the slimming world diet. This easy carrot and coriander soup would work very well as a starter to gammon pizzas, or you could serve it with lentils fritters on the side.