Smokey Lentil, Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

When it’s cold, wet and windy outside, what more could you possible want than a bowl of warming homemade soup. I make this soup a lot as I love the smokey flavour from the paprika and ham stock cubes. It’s also a great soup to eat if you feel like you have been eating a bit too much lately and need to get your diet back on a healthy track. I like to make a big batch, then I can keep in the fridge for easy lunches or freeze in individual portions.

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I make this Soup in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker in minutes or just simmer on the hob in a big stock pot for around 25 minutes. It is Weight Watcher friendly so will help your diet at less than 1 Smart Point per bowl!

If you are using your own homemade chicken stock, remember to skim off the layer of fat which solidifies on the surface when you cool the stock and before you add to the soup. This will keep the soup light and healthy.

This recipe is delicious, filling and warming. Also, the addition of cauliflower gives it a lovely creamy texture and flavour. Enjoy xx

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Ingredients
A cup of red lentils (rinsed and drained in a sieve first)

1 Kg of peeled, chopped carrots

half a large cauliflower, chopped into chunks

2 medium onions, chopped

5 whole garlic cloves

2- 3 teaspoons of smoked paprika

a teaspoon each of onion granules and garlic granules

3 ham or vegetable stock cubes (or use homemade chicken or vegetable stock)

enough hot water from the kettle to cover everything

a tablespoon of fresh or a teaspoon of dried mixed herbs

Some freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method

Put all the ingredients into your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and cook on Manual for 4 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release for 10-15 min, then Manual Pressure Release.

Once cooked, blitz almost completely with a hand held blender, leaving the odd chunky bit of vegetable for some added texture.

Alternatively, it would take around 25 min on a low simmer to cook in a stock pot (with a lid) on the hob. Stir occasionally during hob cooking.

Enjoy with some crusty bread to dunk in!

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