HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Lentil & Pumpkin Soup

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Pumpkin & Lentil Soup
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Pumpkin & Lentil Soup

Lets all buy pumpkins and spend hours angrily peeling, deseeding and chopping them. YAY!… Okay, so pumpkins are a pain in the arse but we all know we’re gonna end up putting one in our basket in Sainsbury’s (before realising it’s too heavy so you try and get a trolley but can’t, because you don’t have a pound, so instead you throw it on the floor, call it an ‘idiot’ and walk out the shop.)

If you did however manage to purchase a pumpkin, then why not make a delicious soup with it? Don’t mind if I do…

Lentil & Pumpkin Soup
Serves 4 / Takes 40 minutes
Make it vegan: Serve without the yogurt
Fry light oil
1 onion chopped
Half a de-seeded red chilli
3 crushed garlic cloves
800g pumpkin chopped
Half a packet of thyme
500ml vegetable stock
1 can of low-fat coconut milk
3 handfuls red lentils
Salt & pepper
Garnish: 2 handfuls pumpkin seeds
4tbsp of fat-free natural yoghurt

Spray some oil on to a frying pan, then sweat the chopped onion on a medium heat until soft. Add the chilli, garlic, pumpkin, 2tbsp of water and the leaves of a few sprigs of thyme, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the stock, coconut milk, lentils and the rest of the thyme tied together in a bunch or loose (just be aware you will have to pick it out before serving). Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil , then cover and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes. Spray some oil into a saucepan and toast the pumpkin seeds on a high heat for a couple of minutes. Season and set aside. Finally, pick out the bunch of thyme, blitz the soup in a blender and serve with the toasted seeds and a dollop of yoghurt.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Pumpkin & Lentil Soup
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Pumpkin & Lentil Soup

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If you’ve had a go at making my soup or any of my other recipes I’d love to hear about it. @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com

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