I’m really into soups at the moment and over the weekend Hanlie posted this lovely Lentil soup recipe on her blog which I was determined to make, but I cheated and googled “lentil soups” to see what variations I could make and found so many variations it continuously amazes me how many amazing food blogs there are. And even better, food blogs with amazing photography. Sigh.
Anyhoo. I made a hotchpotch of all the above recipes and I was very chuffed with the outcome. Here’s my version. I only had an hour to supper time when I got home so I had to hurry along to get it finished, but I’m really glad I made it.
1 cup split peas, rinsed
1 cup red lentils, rinsed
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
5.5 cups water
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
0.5 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried herbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Put the split peas in 3 cups of salted water, bring to the boil and simmer for 40 minutes. Whilst this is going, fry the onion in a little oil until it starts to brown and add the garlic. After the 30 minutes add the onion mixture, the lentils, the tomatoes, the remaining 2.5 cups water, the stock and the spice to the peas.
Bring to the boil and simmer for another 20 minutes.
I added a big blob of sour cream. Yum.
Disclaimer: I am not a cook by any stretch of the imagination and I apologise up front for any errors in measurements and/or spice combinations.