Tomato and green lentil soup is a really rich and satisfying meal in itself. And because it’s so filling, you can be sure that you’ll not be tempted to reach for any unhealthy snacks after a bowl of this amazing soup!
I love tomato based soups and they often form the backbone of what we have for our lunch.
However there are times like now, as the clocks have been changed back, and we prepare for the colder weather, that I need a different soup.
One that suits both the time of year and that’s a really hearty thick soup. You know the kind that sticks to your bones?
Well, this tomato and green lentil soup IS that missing link!
It’s little wonder that those folks in the Mediterranean, following their low fat diets rich in olive oil, nuts, pulses, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, including wine are so healthy and have one of the longest life expectancies in the world.
Well it’s because much of their diet is filled with healthy dishes that include the ingredients used here like delicious tomatoes and fibre rich green lentils. Nutrient dense foods like lentils have been associated with lessening the risk of many serious medical problems.
As you’ll see from the nutrition label, this tomato and green lentil soup is pretty low in calories and fat too, so at only 173 calories per portion, as a lunch option I’d recommend you have a wholemeal roll to go with this, because that’s what we have.
I like to make my own wholemeal bread and rolls. If you have time (and I appreciate not everyone does) then you could make those, or simply buy as required.
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Tomato and green lentil soup is a really rich and satisfying meal in itself. And because it's so filling, you can be sure that you’ll not be tempted to reach for any unhealthy snacks after a bowl of this amazing soup!
Tomato and Green Lentil Soup Recipe
Several studies have shown that eating high fiber foods like lentils reduces your risk of heart disease.
So you can be sure this heart healthy soup is not only going to fill you up, but its good for you too.
I’d love to hear what you think of my recipe in the comments below and please do rate my recipe 5* if you like it! 🙂
Tomato and Green Lentil Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion diced
- 3 medium carrots diced
- 100 g green lentils
- 400 g can chopped tomatoes
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 l vegetable stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp freshly chopped basil
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and sauté for about 5 minutes.
- Add the carrots and sauté for a further 2 – 3 minutes.
- Add the green lentils, tomatoes, dried oregano and stock, bring to the boil, then turn down and allow to simmer gently for 40 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Allow to cool a little then, blitz with a stick blender or in a food processor.
- Return to saucepan, re-heat and season to taste.
- Serve garnished with the freshly chopped basil.