Smoky Tomato And Puy Lentil Soup

Tomato And Puy Lentil Soup


  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized onions, peeled and diced finely
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced finely
  • 1 lt (1¾ pt) vegetable stock
  • 1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 250 g pouches Merchant Gourmet Tomatoey French Puy & Green Lentils
  • 1 tbs smoked paprika (hot or sweet, as preferred)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 6-7 heaped tbs (or to taste) finely sliced basil
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This tasty Tomato And Puy Lentil Soup is a great choice for lunch now that there’s a chill in the air.

It’s quick and easy to make, and will serve 6-7.


  1. Place the olive oil, onions and garlic in a large saucepan. Put a lid on the pan and sweat over a medium heat, stirring frequently, for 7 to 8 minutes, until the onions are soft but not starting to brown.
  2. Add the vegetable stock, chopped tomatoes, lentils, smoked paprika and turmeric. Bring to the boil.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Season to taste with salt and more of either spice, if you’d like to. Add the basil right at the last possible second for a burst of freshness. Serve in hot bowls.
  5. If you make too much, you can always freeze it!

This recipe is suitable for vegans.

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