recipe post

Scottish red lentil soup for @imjustlo

This portion size will normally feed husband and I for two nights in a row (so about four servings total) and it’s v easy to make, tasty and filling.

  1. 900ml of vegetable stock (or two veg stock cubes + 4 cups water if you don’t have any fresh veg stock to hand, traditional. Scottish lentil soup uses ham stock but I know you are vegan and the veg broth works just as well <3) brought to a roiling boil on stove top until steaming hot or cubes are dissolved.
  2. measure out 100g of red lentils and wash and drain them to remove any debris, then add them to your boiling stock, lower after 2 mins to a simmer.
  3. While lentils are softening dice up 2 large carrots, peel and dice 2 potatoes (about 250g, waxy are best but you can use the basic russet potato too if that is cheaper, it just means it dissolves) dice 2-3 sticks of celery, and either one small/medium onion/one green leek depending on preference. (some people like to add in bacon or ham cubes too, I find it can overwhelm the taste of the veg tbh but if you’re into your meat this is a good way to use up any (cooked) ham or bacon you might need to get rid of)
  4. Throw them all into a lightly greased frying pan on a low heat and let them sweat for 15 mins until lightly cooked. Season as desired then  transfer them into your lentils.
  5. Boil for 4-5 minutes on a high heat with the lid off
  6. Then turn down to a low simmer with the lid on for the next 30-45 mins until your veg is cooked in and your lentis dissolved into the mixture. Stir occasionally to keep it from sticking to the pot.
  7. If it’s too thick add some hot water/hot stock if you have any left over.
  8. Serve hot and season if you think it needs it.
  9. Can be frozen for up to 3 months. (provided there’s no meat in it)

Total cost for a batch that size is about $5 (provided you have most of these things in your pantry which most people do, like potatoes and onions and such, if I have to buy Everything I’ll maybe be about $20 but then I have veg + lentils for the next 2 weeks) and it will last for 2-3 days if stored in airtight container in the fridge.

Also a good way to get the most out of your veg is to ask google how best to store them (so leeks, do not wash or cut until ready to use and keep stored in your veg drawer inside a loose plastic bag, should last for about 2 weeks max) also if veg is going a little soft, do not throw it away, just wash and prep it like you would for cooking with it and throw them into portioned freezer baggies for easy soup making.

All right back to posting gifs and porn <3