Monday, 12 January 2009

Meal in a bowl.

This soup really is just that. A good stick to your ribs, winter time, snowy or rainy outside, comfort food meal in a bowl.

You have protein (lentils), a good carbohydrate (barley) and veggies (tomato, potato, onion, celery, carrot) all together in a scrumptious soup. I added quite a bit of the extra water as I wanted it to be a soup, but leaven it thick for a more stew like meal.

If you have leftovers it will thicken up alot (the barley and lentils will suck up the liquid) so you'll need to add extra water as you reheat. Its fantastic the next day too!
Tomato, Barley and Lentil Soup
Serves 4

1 Onion – finely chopped
1 stalk Celery – finely chopped
½ C finely chopped Carrot (½ large)
2 cloves Garlic – finely chopped
½ t Paprika
½ t ground Fennel Seeds
1 t Cumin
⅓ C Barley
5 C Vegetable Stock
1 C finely chopped Potato
⅓ C Brown Lentils
1 14oz Tin Diced Tomatoes
1 – 2 C Water (as required)
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large soup pot over medium heat, sauté the onion, celery and carrot for 10 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and sauté two minutes more.
Add in the spices, sauté for a minute prior to adding the barley and stock.
Turn the heat up and bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
At this point add in the potato, lentils and tinned tomatoes and simmer, uncovered, for a further 40 – 45 minutes until everything is tender.
You may need to add additional water if getting too thick – depending on how thick you want the soup to be.
Taste, and adjust seasonings prior to serving


Courtney said...

Yum! I love soup--especially with lentils!


a vegan about town said...

I love a thick, hearty soup - this one looks great!

Mike said...

Not in the middle of a NZ summer heatwave!!

DJ Karma (of Vegspinz) said...

Sounds like a great healthy soup! Great for National Soup Month!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Mmm, this sounds GOOD! I think I have most of the ingredients too!

Carla said...

National Soup Month? I must google! I love soup so will use this as an excuse to make more....