Nutritious, filling and budget-friendly, this Easy Tomato and Red Lentil Soup is a great option for busy weeknights and just perfect for batch cooking and filling the freezer! It's also vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free, so a real crowdpleaser.
Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a wide, deep pan and add the diced onion. Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes until the onions have softened but are not brown.
Add in the garlic, ginger, cumin and cayenne pepper and fry for 1 more minute. Then add in the tinned tomatoes, lentils, water or stock and some salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and then turn down and simmer for 30 minutes until the lentils are really soft. Stir occasionally.
When the soup is ready, squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon (or to taste) and add more water if you think the soup is looking too thick.
Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
Suitable for freezing.
Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.