Easy Soup, Crockpot Carrot, Tomato and Red Lentil
Thu 6th, Sep, 2012
Good morning, so you Beach Cottage guys like a recipe it seems…me too, who doesn’t really?
Now this is one of those recipes that you read and think yeah, whatevs, but trust me this is so easy you can literally throw it in and forget it, but, as ever with Beach Cottage recipes, tastes like you did a whole lot more…let us not though, let our husband’s in on that, huh?
And this, friends, is tip-top Beach Cottage Surfer Boy food….filling, nourishing, warming and easy to grab and eat when you come in from the water…
I first came across this about 12 years ago from a friend back in the Old Country…one day I was there around lunchtime and she about hurled this from store-cupboard to pan, and in 30 mins or so we were eating a lovely lunch…and it tasted divine…
Her basic version involved a can of tomatoes, a shed load of garlic, a cup or so of red lentils and a chilli…and a lot of the time I still make it this way but as it has evolved and I wanted to turn it into a meal and I experimented with doing it in the crockpot I have added a few other bits and bobs…
This too is the thing that I often make in the daytime often at the beginning of the week for lunch…I make up a batch of this and know that the problem of what’s for lunch and often eating on the run is done…
…I love having home-made soup in the house, the methodical chopping of a few vegetables looking sad at the bottom of the fridge, that smell of an onion and some garlic in a pan as I am going about my business and more importantly it means that I am well fed, without any effort.
Aside from that one-woman, all-week nourishing soup though, this is in high rotation here in my slow-cooker / crockpot, that girl on the side of my counter who saves my life (and the necks of the Beach Cottage Crew) on many an occasion…when I am feeling a bit frayed around the edges, there is not much in the house, the cupboards are especially Hubbardy, well this is my go-to…I firmly believe in the power of the slow-cooker in modern parenting *wink…throw something in there and not only are you done but you appear to be in control and everything else in life just seems to go so very much smoother.
Beach Cottage Recipe
Crockpot Carrot, Tomato & Red Lentil
4 x carrots grated
1 x cup red lentils
6 cups stock
red chilli to your taste (fresh or chilli flakes)
1 can tomatoes
salt & pepper
2-3 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 leek or 1 onion
a lug or two of vinegar
1 tsp fresh ginger grated
grated cheese & extra virgin to top
1. add all ingredients to crockpot / slow cooker
2. cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8 hours
3. serve with bread and topped with cheese & drizzled extra virgin
Beach Cottage Recipe Notes **stove top version much the same, throw veggies into a pan to sweat for 5 or so mins with lid on and then add stock and lentils, bring to boil and simmer for 30 mins **this is great store-cupboard food just with the onion, lentils and can of tomatoes though really I always have a few stray carrots floating around in my space **it may well be far too much effort in your life to grate a carrot, if so just chop this roughly *omit the chilli if you don’t like it hot, I add more for mouth-numbing tastiness *this is lovely served with warmed Lebanese bread (I keep a stash of this in the freezer, pull out when needed straight to the oven) ** a touch of garam masala doesn’t go amiss here **keep an eye on the liquid if you are making this in the slow cooker (I have a new slow cooker right now and it is cooking a bit hotter than my old one…so I might have to add a bit more water, you may need to do the same or lose a bit by leaving the lid askew)
I hope you like the look of it ladies, it’s all around Surfer Boy food in this household…but I know that some of you who are reading this are heading down into those Autumnal days…if you are, the nights are drawing in and there is a nip in there air…well, just make this.
Does your crockpot save your life as much as mine? Love it!
Righto, I am off…we have a little armoire in the house…OMG she is divine, actually scrub that she is ****** fabulous and not bad for $150…more on that soon, if I can stop staring at her, stroking her backside and take a picture.
if you like to throw a few things in your slow cooker / crockpot and run out the door, other Beach Cottage Recipes you might like :