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Red Lentil, Cannellini Bean and Vegetable Soup

Red Lentil, Cannellini Bean and Vegetable Soup By Amy Crawford, The Holistic Ingredient @theholisticingredient Serves 5-6 WHAT YOU NEED > 2 tablespoons coconut oil or extra vir...

Red Lentil, Cannellini Bean and Vegetable Soup

Red Lentil, Cannellini Bean and Vegetable Soup
By Amy Crawford, The Holistic Ingredient
@theholisticingredient

Serves 5-6

WHAT YOU NEED

> 2 tablespoons coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
> 1 brown onion, finely chopped
> 4 garlic cloves, minced
> 1 long red chilli, finely chopped, seeds included (less, or optional)
> 1cm piece of turmeric, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon powder)
> 1 large carrot, diced
> 3 cups raw vegetables, chopped (I used kale, broccoli, zucchini)
> 1/2 red capsicum, diced
> 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
> 1 teaspoon cumin
> 4 cups bone broth or vegetable stock
> 1 heaped cup chopped cherry tomatoes (see para above recipe re: canned)
> 1/3 cup dried red lentils
> 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram or thyme
> 2 bay leaves
> 1 teaspoon sea salt
> A good pinch of black pepper
> 1 can cannellini beans, drained and well rinsed

WHAT TO DO

1. In a large pot, heat the coconut oil or olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, fresh turmeric (if using, add powder next step), chilli, and capsicum and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

2. Now add the carrots and vegetables, smoked paprika, powdered turmeric (if not fresh) and cumin. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the stock, tomatoes, lentils, thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper and bring to the boil. Cover your pot and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for a further ten minutes.

4. Add the cannellini beans, cover the pot and cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaves.

(This next step is optional but I do it to give the soup a creamier, thicker texture).

5. Transfer three heaped cups of soup to your blender and blend until smooth. Return the soup back to the pot and stir, combining well.

6. Serve with your favourite gluten free bread and maybe even like I have done below, with a fat dollop of raw kale pesto for extra nutritional punch!

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