There is something about a really thick homemade soup that is just unbeatable! Winter calls for them like spring calls for flowers. But soups are even better when they are made from 100% natural and simple ingredients. It warms your soul, not just your tummy. They are so easy, almost completely fail proof, freeze so well .... and, and, and. Can you tell we just LOVE soups?! This tomato and lentil soup is one of our favourites. It contains only simple, natural ingredients, tastes incredible, is ridiculously easy to make and freezes amazingly well. It is also one of those recipes that is very forgiving with those that have a creative urge with their cooking - it always seems to taste great! True to form when cooking with more natural foods, it is possible to make this soup zero waste too.
Hearty Tomato and Lentil SoupPrep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes Serves: 4 - 6
- 1 Cup Split Red Lentils (Can be substituted with whole brown lentils but will then require more cooking time).
- 2 Chopped Onions
- 2 Chopped medium-sized green peppers
- 7 Large chopped tomatoes or 4 cans diced tomatoes
- Tbsp fresh chopped basil (or dried)
- Tsp mixed herbs (Thyme, parsley, origanum)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup pearl barley (Optional. Adding the barley creates a balanced meal and makes the soup thick).
- Fry the onions and pepper in a large pot until soft
- Add all other ingredients and cover with water
- Place on low heat and allow to simmer for approximately 40 minutes (Simmer for 1 hour or until soft, if you added whole lentils or barley). Stir and top up with water regularly.
- Serve with fresh bread (If you didn’t add barley).
PS: this recipe is not an exact science. You can adjust ingredients and ratios as your creativity desires.
Tips for even better soup:
Add fresh herbs:
Fresh herbs are such a game changer in this recipe, as they are in most. All the herbs mentioned are really easy to grow yourself. If you want to start cooking at home more we highly recommend you try your hand at a little window box herb garden.
When deciding what herbs to add (or leave out) there is an age-old principle of “What grows together, goes together.”. Parsley, basil and tomatoes make great companion plants in the garden, and a perfect combination in delicious dishes – hone in on these 2 herbs when cooking with tomatoes.
Taste test it:
Forget the clock watching with this recipe – its more of a guideline and will depend on many factors. Rather opt for the taste test to assess how close the lentils and barley are from being cooked.
This soup is full of texture! It’s not a soup that you blend into baby food texture, but you can make it as thick or thin as you want it by adding more or less water. Regardless of how thin you make it, it is still meant to require some chewing energy. If you are someone who associates soup with salty, instant packet soup it might take some getting used to. Persevere, it’s worth it and so much better for you!