Personally, nothing warms me to the core more than a bowl of hearty soup at this time of the year. This pumpkin and lentil combination is a warming vibrant soup that can be prepared with the ease of a slow cooker. Simply leave all the ingredients to merge into one flavourful soup while you sleep, or whilst you work through the day.
I prefer soups to have a little texture to keep the palate entertained, so if you like, as I have done here, drizzle the soup with olive oil and add some textural crunch with some sesame seeds and fresh herbs. You may also like to add some additional creaminess with a good dollop of yoghurt or coconut cream.
pumpkin & lentil soup
- 5 – 6 serves
- preparation time
- 15 minutes
- cooking time
- 1 hour – 8 hours, depending on method
- 900gm butternut pumpkin roughly cubed, skin and seeds removed
- 1 large carrot, cut into large pieces
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 onion, skin removed and roughly diced
- 1 cup red lentils
- 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock, msg free
- 1 teaspoon celery seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- salt and pepper to season
- 1/2 cup natural yoghurt or coconut cream
- extra virgin olive oil to drizzle
Place all ingredients into a slow cooker and leave overnight or for at least 8 hours. Alternatively, place all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to boil, then simmer for 1 hour or until vegetables are softened and falling apart.
Remove the soup mix from the slow cooker and place in a blender and blend to well combined. Taste soup and season as needed. If you feel the soup requires more liquid, simply add more stock or some water. If desired, add in natural yoghurt or coconut cream and blend.
Serve warm topped with freshly chopped parsley and sesame seeds.
- Turmeric is a potent anti inflammatory and antioxidant. Turmeric also stimulates the gall bladder therefore aiding bile production.
- This pumpkin & lentil soup provides sustaining protein and fibre thanks to the addition of the lentils. Many vegetable soups lack protein which leaves you feeling hungry earlier and craving sweets.
- Celery seeds provide high levels of calcium. Celery seeds are also a diuretic therefore aiding fluid retention. This makes them quite useful for conditions such as gout.