Lentil & pumpkin soup

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

Let’s 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 – until we realise it’s too heavy so try and get a trolley but can’t, because you don’t have a pound, so instead throw it on the floor, 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 20 mins / Total time 40 mins / V Gf*
You’ll need:
A hand blender or food processor
1 tsp rapeseed oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
½ tsp chilli flakes
3 garlic cloves, crushed
800g pumpkin, de-seeded, peeled and chopped
Small handful fresh thyme leaves
500ml gluten-free vegetable stock, I use 1 Knorr
1 can of low-fat coconut milk
3 handfuls red lentils
2 handfuls pumpkin seeds
4 tbsp of Greek yogurt

1. Add a tsp of oil to a large heavy bottomed pot and sweat the chopped onion on a medium heat until soft. Add the chilli, garlic, pumpkin, 2tbsp of water and the thyme leaves.
2. Continue to cook for a further 5 mins before adding the stock, coconut milk and lentils.  Season well with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 20 mins.
3. Meanwhile, heat a small non-stick frying pan over a medium to high heat and toast the pumpkin seeds for a couple of minutes.
4. Take the soup off the heat and blend with a hand blender or food processor. Serve topped with the toasted pumpkin seeds and a dollop of yoghurt.

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

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V – Vegetarian.
*Gf – I use Knorr vegetable stock pots because they are gluten free but other stock pots/cubes may not be.