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Recipe: Comforting Tomato and Lentil Soup

2010Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I’ve spent most of the last week eating, sleeping, and watching TV by the fire, punctuated by the occasional social gathering and repressed bout of guilt: January 4th would soon arrive and normal service would resume.

The day has arrived and the snow and ice has long since lost its novelty value. I know, it’s tough to be back at work and wean ourselves off the diet of chocolate biscuits and ham. This week, I’m going to make as much healthy comfort food as I can, to help get through the January blues. We’ll also share some great finds for the New Year.

Personally, I’m eschewing resolutions, as I always do. They’re driven by guilt at overindulging and they compound the post-Christmas depression; why would you compound your suffering at the most miserable time of year?

Eat this soup instead. It’s sweet, robust, and earthy with just a slight tang, and it’ll warm you up and make you feel better.

lentilsPuy Lentil and Tomato Soup


  • About 100g Puy lentils
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Around 12 fresh cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
  • 2 teaspoons tomato puree
  • 2 red onions, chopped in half and then sliced into thin strips
  • 454ml/ 1 pint of vegetable stock
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A dash of sugar and a dash of balsamic vinegarette
  • A handful of fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Saute the onions in olive oil with just a small amount of sugar over a medium heat for five minutes, stirring. The sugar will caramelise them slightly. Be sure not to let them burn. Now add the vinagerette.
  • Add the garlic and saute for another minute.
  • Now add the puree and stir for a minute, adding some water if it is sticking.
  • Now add the lentils, chopped tomatoes, and stock.
  • Combine well and cook for about half an hour. The lentils will retain their shape, but they do soak up a lot of liquid during cooking: just add more water if necessary. It won’t affect the flavour.
  • Add in the chopped basil and serve.


  1. Thanks for putting this up! This soup is delicious.

  2. Enjoyed the soup, cheers!

    Some updates for the ingredients list, (I got caught out as I get the ingredients ready prior):

    Ingredients addition:

    – sugar (iused 2 tsp brown sugar)
    – garlic (I used 2 cloves)
    – pepper

    Method addition:

    – Now add the lentils, chopped tomatoes (CAN AND CHERRY)
    – Add pepper to taste

  3. Ah sugar was in the list, just realised i never used the vinaigrette as it was not in the method section!

  4. Thanks Catriona and particularly boardtc for the heads up: the vinagarette is luckily not essential but I’ve updated the recipe to take account of my mistakes, including the omission of the garlic from the ingredients list. Hope it didn’t catch too many people out. Sorry, I’ll try to be more careful in future! 🙂

  5. Thanx for posting this. Just made this for the first time the other night and it was gorgeous. 🙂

  6. Lovely tasty soup!