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Monday, 9 March 2015

Chunky Puy Lentil and Veggie Soup

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 Puy lentils, grown in France are just wonderful in soups. They thicken without turning to sludge. They don't break down like other lentils and keep their lovely little shape, giving any soup which is made with them a bit of a bite, a very delicious bite!

I love them in this soup, where they are a beautiful contrast against the soft, buttery vegetables. The oregano adds a heady tang which also adds some taste pleasure to the mix.

Todd usually only likes his soups pureed . . . I like a bit of texture in my soups. This soup pleases on both levels because you do get that pureed texture from the meltingly tender vegetables and a lovely bit of texture from the lentils.

It makes a lovely, filling, bone warming and hearty lunch for cooler days . . .  Spring is on the horizon, but we are still swinging back and forth temperature wise . . .

Soup . . . the ultimate comfort food. Really. I like to think that when I choose a bowl of soup . . . I am making a healthy choice.

*Chunky Puy Lentil and Veggie Soup*
Serves 4 to 6
Printable Recipe

Delicious, warming and filling. Perfect comfort food!

2 TBS butter
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 leeks, white part only, thinly sliced
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
2 tsp dried oregano
400g tin of chopped plum tomatoes plus juice (2 cups)
200g Puy lentils (approximately 1 cup)
1 litre vegetable stock (about 4 1/4 cups)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
freshly grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese to serve
crusty bread, toasted and butter, to serve

Melt the butter in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the carrots, leeks, onion and garlic, stirring to coat with the butter. Add a healthy pinch of salt, cover and allow to cook for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are softened, stirring occasionally.

Add the chilli flakes, oregano, lentils, tomatoes and stock. Cover and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes or so, until the lentils are cooked. Taste and adjust seasoning if required. Ladle into heated bowls. Serve with buttered toast on the side, and grated cheese on top.


  1. Sounds and looks good, Marie! I've never heard of Puy lentils and wish I could make a soup with them. Your soup is packed with good things!

  2. This is an excellent soup Monique! xoxo

    Pam, Puy Lentils are a very dark green, almost black in colour. They would be in the dried bean/pulse section of the grocery store. I hope you can make this soup as it's excellent! xxoo

  3. Like Monique, I love Lentil soup too! This looks like a great recipe! Thanks! xoxo

  4. Thanks Valerie! I hope you try it and enjoy it! xoxo


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