In the wintertime, meals that can be made in advance and heated up are a wonderful to come home to after work or a long walk. Stews, casseroles, hot-pots, can all be made in advance. It's good to have a Vegetarian alternative for all the non-meat eaters and this soup is just perfect, even non-vegetarians will like it.
Vegetarian Winter Warmer
2 leeks, washed and thinly sliced.
1 clove garlic, crushed
200g red lentils, rinsed
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
200g canned cannelini or chick peas
Heat some oil in a large saucepan and gently cook the leeks until soft, for about ten minutes. take care not to let them brown.
Add the garlic and cook for another few minutes.
Add the carrots, lentils, potatoes and a litre of vegetable stock
bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and let cook gently, covered for about 20 minutes,
Season to taste and check that the potatoes and carrots are cooked.
Add the drained beans and cook for another 5 minutes.
To serve drizzle over some olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.
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