Top tip for making this red delicious red pepper soup:Be sure to wash and sieve the red lentils before you start making this soup. By washing and soaking them, you can help to reduce their cooking time, meaning it won't take as long to make your dinner or lunch. To see more of our soup recipes, check out our soup section - there's plenty to choose from!
HOW TO MAKE SPICY RED PEPPER SOUP
- 200g red lentils
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 1tsp crushed chillies
- 1tsp hot smoked paprika
- 4 red peppers, deseeded and diced
- 1litre vegetable stock
- 1tbsp sherry vinegar
- 1tsp caster sugar
- 4tbsp natural yogurt
In a sieve, rinse the red lentils, then leave them to soak in a bowl of cold water while making the rest of the soup.
In a large pan, gently heat the oil and fry the onion until soft. Add the garlic and red chilli for 2 minutes and then the sweet smoked paprika for a final minute along with a slash of water to protect the spice from burning.
Add the red peppers to the pan and cover for 10 minutes until beginning to soften, stirring occasionally. Drain the lentils and add them to the pan along with the vegetable stock then cover, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes until the lentils begin to break down.
To give the soup some texture, reserve one third of the soup before blending the remainder in a food processor until smooth. Stir the smooth liquid back into the chunky pepper and lentil soup then season to taste adding the sherry vinegar and caster sugar. Divide between 4 bowls swirling 1tbsp natural yogurt through each.