Mirepoix Lentil Soup
This rustic French soup is super nutritious and flavourful. It's made with a mirepoix mix as a base, which is a blend of chopped onions, carrots, and celery. It tastes like it's been simmering for hours, but can be cooked in 30 minutes if using a pressure cooker.
100g onion, diced
100g carrot, diced
100g celery, diced
30g parsley, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp cumin ground
2 cups French-style lentils
1 can diced tomatoes
3 bay leaves
2 tsp red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper
1 tbsp garlic paste
6 cups vegetable stock (homemade or store-bought)
Heat oil in a large pot, or pressure cooker, over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, cumin, garlic and cook for 5 mins, or until fragrant.
Add lentils, tomatoes, stock, bay leaves, and parsley. Season well with salt and pepper, cover, and simmer for 45, or 25 mins if using a pressure cooker.
Check consistency, add water if too thick, and cook uncovered for 5 mins. Stir in vinegar just before serving.
For a meatier version, you can also add crispy diced bacon by frying it in oil before adding the onion.
Calories 210, Fat 11.4 grams, Cholesterol 0 milligrams, Sodium 1583 milligrams, Carbs 28.7 grams, Protein 8 grams