This is lovely warming store cupboard soup – only takes around 20-30 mins to cook and is great to take to work for lunch with a wrap or crackers.
Ingredients: can be varied according to what you have.
2 handfuls of red lentils
bottle or carton of passata or several cans of tomatoes
2 carrots – chopped
1 onion – peeled and chopped
mixed herbs 91-3 tsp to taste, or use basil or thyme as liked
4 cloves of garlic peeled
vegetable stock or water and stock powder (I use Marigold) to cover lentils etc well enough to cook.
red chilli flakes or chili powder or paste to taste – I like it quite spicy. I used chipotle paste in this batch and it was lovely.
Chuck it all in the pan and simmer until the lentils are cooked. Whizz to smoothness with a hand blender.