Red Lentil, Pumpkin and Tomato Soup

It has been strangely too cold in shanghai for this time of the year. We have had a few days when temperature dropped to -2 C, which generally only happens in January or February.

You guys know how little tolerance I have for cold, in fact I have already got a really bad cold, which forced me to spend the whole weekend in bed…

To try feel better I made myself this hearty and nutritious soup with red lentils, pumpkin and tomatoes. It is super easy!!!
I’ve served mine into a bowl made of a whole small pumpkin. It’s a cute idea if you are having guest over. But you can skip that part and just serve yours into normal soup bowls.

Here is the recipe.

Ingredients (serves 3 big, 4 small):

  • 500 gr pumpkin, peeled and chopped
  • 1 big carrot
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (400 gr)
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cup low sodium vegetable stock (more if needed)
  • 3/4 cup uncooked red lentils
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (optional)

Start by washing your pumpkin.

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Remove the top, internal seeds and carefully curve out the internal pulp.

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Try not to cut threw the skin if you plan on using the pumpkin as your serving bowl.

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Chop up the pulp into small pieces

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Next dice up a carrot

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open up a can of diced tomatoes

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Rinse the red lentils in cold water

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Chop up the onion and saute’ it into a pot with oil and butter until soft

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then add the pumpkin, tomatoes, lentils and carrot

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pour in the vegetable broth, cover with a lid and let simmer for about 30 to 40 min or until all the ingredients are cooked.

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With an immersion blender pure’ the soup, adjust with more salt if needed.

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Serve the soup into your curved pumpkin bowl, sprinkling the top with some fresh chopped parsley.

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You can also add a tbsp of yogurt now (or heavy cream if you feel particularly naughty), but that’s totally optional.
Enjoy your soup nice and warm.

Love

– LittleDani

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