Sunday, 2 November 2014

Butternut squash, carrot and lentil soup with a little curry flavour

Soup is a great way to make very few cheap ingredients go a long way and for me, cheap and filling sounds like a very good idea indeed! Something that I tend to do on a Sunday is to make a big pot of soup ready for lunch everyday of the week so that I don't have to spend time cooking anything in the day, or even spend money on something at University.

This is a variation of a recipe I found recently but decided to add in a couple of things like the garlic clove and a can of plum tomatoes to give it a little more flavour. I've also found that plum tomatoes are considerably cheaper than chopped tomatoes, and also give more flavour; in Sainsbury's I buy the 40p for 400g can *, cheap as chips!

Once you've prepared all of the ingredients it should go from the pan to your bowl within 20 minutes, so it makes for an easy and cheap lunch every day of the week!


splash of olive oil
1 garlic clove sliced finely
1 butternut squash peeled and cut into small even chunks
3 large carrots cut into small even chunks
1 tbsp of mild curry powder (or hot curry powder if you like a bit of spice!)
1 tsp of turmeric

750 ml of vegetable stock
100 g of red lentils (rinsed)

1 can of plum tomatoes
a handful of spinach leaves (optional)


In a large pot, gently heat a good glug of olive oil and add the garlic clove, butternut squash and carrots. Fry for about 4 minutes until everything is beginning to soften.

Then add the curry powder and turmeric whilst continuing to fry for another minute.

Pour in the vegetable stock and red lentils.

Bring everything to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes, add the can of plum tomatoes and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes until everything is cooked through.

Take about a ladle-full and a half of the squash, carrots, lentils and tomatoes and set aside in a bowl.
Blend the soup until all lovely and smooth, adding a little water if too thick, and add back in the ladle-full of vegetables. You can divide this into 6 Tupperware boxes and refrigerate until ready to reheat and eat for lunch!

The final bowl of soup...

*The 40p can of plum tomatoes from Sainsbury's that I like to buy for recipes such as these

I hope you enjoy and please comment below if you try this recipe...

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