Green lentil and spinach soup

Hugh says, “This makes a substantial soup – add some good bread and it makes a great lunch.” We say, “This is such a tasty soup but for goodness sake please don’t tell the kids how healthy it is!”

Fresh from the garden: shallots, carrots, thyme, garlic, tomatoes, parsley, spinach
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in Veg Every Day
Serves: 6 at home or 24 tastes


  • Kettle
  • Measures: jug, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Scales
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Peeler
  • Bowls – large, med, small
  • A salad spinner
  • Garlic press
  • Mezzaluna
  • Stockpot
  • Serving bowls

  • 1.5 litres vegetable stock (or 1½ tablespoons bouillon and 1½ litres boiling water)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 shallots (or 1 onion)
  • 1 carrot
  • A few sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 150g Puy or green lentils
  • 1 small bunch parsley
  • 150g spinach
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and turn on. When boiled carefully pour into the jug and stir in the bouillon.
  • Peel the shallots or onion and finely dice.
  • Wash and peel the carrot, then finely dice.
  • Wash the thyme and spin it dry. Pick the leaves and reserve in a small bowl.
  • Peel the 3 garlic cloves and squeeze through the press.
  • Wash the tomatoes and dice.
  • Weigh the lentils then pour into the sieve and then rinse under running water.
  • Wash the parsley, spin dry and remove the tough stalks. Finely chop with the mezzaluna.
  • Wash the spinach in several changes of water, shake it dry over the sink, then slice the leaves into ribbons and the stalks into small pieces.
  • In the stockpot, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil over a medium-low heat. Add the shallots, carrot and thyme, and sauté gently for five minutes.
  • Add the garlic and tomatoes, and sauté for a minute more.
  • Tip in the lentils, stir, then add the stock and a little salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes until the lentils are tender.
  • Add the parsley and spinach, simmer for another five minutes, season to taste and ladle into bowls. Trickle over a drop of oil and serve!

Notes: How many types of lentil are there? Do you need to soak lentils overnight? What’s a mezzaluna?

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