Work soups – Lentil and citrus soup

So I suspect we’ve all had a lovely break over the long weekend, you’ve got back home from your travels and it’s back to work tomorrow. Maybe you’ve had a couple of large meals over the weekend and you don’t feel in tip-top shape?
Well if you make a bit of time this afternoon you could make this soup for your working week.  
I want to kick my week off to a good start, so I’ve made ‘Lucas Hollwegs’ Lentil and lemon soup, with a few alterations, dependant on what was in the fridge.

Time to make: 1 hour – 10mins chopping, 45mins simmering.
Calories: 724 / 181 per portion for four.

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
salt and pepper
200g green lentils – should have been puy lentils
leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme
1 bay leaf
zest and juice of small lime, should have been a lemon
2  pints of vegetable stock
A splash of orange juice, this wasn’t included but as I didn’t use a large lemon I wanted some more citrus flavour.
2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, stir in the chopped vegetables and a pinch of salt. keep this on a low heat, cover and sweat gently for 10 mins

Add the lentils, thyme, lemon juice & zest, orange juice and stock. Simmer over a gentle heat for 40-45 mins, or until the lentils are soft. Remove the bay leaf.

Liquidise half of the soup and add this back to the lentil mixture. Taste and season. Stir in the spinach leaves and leave to wilt.

When cooled pour your soup into your container and take to work.
This should serve approximately 4 portions, ideal for the short week.


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