Vegetarian Meals

Lentil Soup with Smoked Paprika

Jason discovered this recipe shortly after we moved to London and it has been a favourite ever since. It tastes delicious, is easy to make, and is full of healthy ingredients. A major bonus is that as long as you have garlic and an onion on hand, the rest of the ingredients can come from your pantry so it is a great last minute meal! (It is definitely nicer with fresh thyme, but still delicious with dried!) I’ve adapted this recipe so that it is a bit easier for a weeknight meal, and have also included a handful of spinach for a bit of veg (though I forgot to put it in this batch! Oops!).

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[side note: I realise the picture doesn’t look super appealing (Pete was literally hanging on my leg while I was trying to make it look pretty and snap a quick pic), but trust me on this one! This recipe is definitely worth trying!]

Lentil Soup with Smoked Paprika

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  • 2 tablespoons (or so) olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 100g red lentils (1/2 cup)
  • 50g bulgar wheat (1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (dried herbs are more potent so you could use less, but I still use 1 teaspoon of dried thyme)
  • 3 garlic minced garlic cloves
  • 1 litre (4 cups) vegetable or chicken stock (I always prefer the taste of chicken stock)
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato purée
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of sweet smoked paprika (this MAKES the dish!)
  • a generous handful of spinach leaves
  • garnish: greek yoghurt



rinse the lentils and and set aside


sauté the onion and thyme together in the olive oil until the onions are translucent


add the minced garlic and cook for another minute


stir in the tomato purée


stir in stock, lentils and paprika


bring to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer


cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until the bulgar wheat and lentils are soft


add your handful of spinach leaves and let them wilt into the soup


use a stick blender (or regular blender if you don't have one) to partially purée the soup


garnish with greek yoghurt if desired, but it really isn't necessary!

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  • Reply
    Susan Coleman
    January 14, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I think the pic look super-appealing. I’m planning to make it this wknd.



  • Reply
    Emma Stanley
    January 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Just checking, is it 500g of bulgar wheat as it says 1/4 cup yet 100g is 1/2 cup.
    Seems a lot of bulgar wheat!!

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    • Reply
      January 17, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out! A stray “0” sneaked in! It is just 50g. x

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