Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Kate's Kitchen: spicy tomato and lentil soup

For those in the northern hemisphere, this is a nice warming, filling soup for winter; for those in the southern hemisphere, save the recipe for six months :o)

This is the lazy low-fat version, i.e. I don’t bother browning the onion and spices in oil first, and it can be left to look after itself while you're busy with a deadline (!). If you like your soup more like a broth, chop the veg into quite small pieces and don’t bother putting it in a blender.


  • 1 onion, roughly chopped 
  • 2 celery sticks, roughly chopped 
  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed 
  • 1 tsp ground cumin 
  • ½ tsp ground coriander 
  • 175g split red lentils 
  • 1.2 litres water 
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes in juice 
Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly, then whizz the soup in a blender (if you prefer a smoother texture); you might need to add a little more water as it’s quite a thick soup.

Kate’s latest story is a Christmas novella, ‘Tis the Season to Kiss Santa’ in the anthology Baby It’s Cold Outside from Entangled Publishing (available on Amazon UK, Amazon US, and Barnes & Noble). And there are only a few weeks now until the ballroom dancing book hits the stores! You can find out more about Kate’s books, and Kate, on her website (http://www.katehardy.com/) and her blog (http://katehardy.blogspot.com/)

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