Green Tomato and Lentil Soup

We’ve had snow, rain and most recently fog here in Milan and so there is nothing better than hunkering down in front of a roaring fire and enjoying a steaming bowl of hot soup and freshly baked bread. Snuggling up with a hot water bottle or soaking in the bath provide similar pleasures  for me and not because I’m someone that feels the cold but because there is simply something undeniably luxurious about feeling warm.

When it comes to soup I often inject a little extra heat with chilli, paprika, cumin or similar partly for my own enjoyment but if I’m honest partly to watch my husband sweat as his Italian digestive system is no friend to spice. That said, some combinations are just meant to be; carrot and coriander, roasted tomato and paprika, sweet potato and chilli soup to name but a few.

Green tomato and lentil soup came about as a means to use up my remaining tomatoes that as the name suggest stubbornly refused to ripen and turn red. I can happily eat fried green tomatoes on toast but with so many to use up a soup was by far the better option. I then froze my soup in readiness for winter and a nice cold day.

Tomato and Lentil Soup_served

Green Tomato and Lentil Soup

Ingredients: c.500g tomatoes, 1 litre stock (I used chicken), bayleaf, Cupful of red lentils, 1 small onion, 1 clove garlic, salt and pepper, basil leaves to decorate, olive oil or butter

Preparation: 15 mins +25 mins cooking

1. Finely chop the onion and garlic and soften in a deep saucepan with either olive oil or butter.

2. Chop the tomatoes into small chunks and add into the onion. Fry for a further 5 minutes before adding in the stock and lentils.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Tomato and Lentil Soup

3. Season with salt, pepper and a bayleaf and bring to the boil before simmering for c. 20 mins or until the lentils are cooked (follow instructions on pack).

4. Once cooked, blend and serve hot. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh basil leaves and a side of fresh bread.


One Response to “Green Tomato and Lentil Soup”
  1. chefconnie says:

    I can taste the tangy tomatoes and creamy lentils. Great recipe.

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