Yesterday was a lovely family day, and today is going to be another. There will be lots of lovely food again today, so tomorrow we will all crave something a little less fancy. Here is an easy and warming soup that is almost a meal in itself if you need it to be! It’s a sort of ‘throw it in the pan and see’ type of recipe, so if you want to vary it a little just add something else……
First, prepare your lentils! I use red lentils (they add to the colour) but you can use any lentils you like or happen to have. I use about half a cup for 4 servings. Let them simmer or partially cook if this is needed while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
You will need –
peeled sweet potatoes cut up into chunks,
peeled squash cut to about the same size,
an eating apple well washed, cored and cut into chunky slices (I leave the skin on – but that’s up to you)
a piece of fresh ginger about the size of your thumb up to your knuckle which I peel and slice fairly thinly
When the lentils are ready for the ‘long’ cooking I transfer them to my slow cooker and add the rest of the ingredients along with some hot stock. If you haven’t got any stock it works just as well with water.
While it is bubbling you can decide how you would like to serve it! If you like it ‘with bits in’ you can crush it with a potato masher. If you want it a little finer push it through a seive – the apple skin won’t go through, and the ginger will struggle as well. I usually whizz it with the blender, until it is smooth, with just the odd fleck of apple skin to give it some texture. Don’t forget to taste and season at this point.
To serve I grate a little hard cheese (preferably a good cheddar) into the bottom of the serving bowl. This melts as the hot soup is poured in and creates creamy whirls within the colour. You can also add a little chopped parsley if you have some.
I’m going to make a big pot for tomorrow. Would you like some? Yum. There’s enough for you too.