Back to school – Green lentil, coriander and lime soup

I can’t belive it’s September already!  I work in a FE college and although I work all year round I definitely have that ‘back to school’ feeling this week.

I thought it would be a good opportunity to share this soup with you, which is inspired by a dish I had at my local college in the town I live.  The college offers Hospitality and Catering courses and the students run a restaurant that is open to the public.  The students design the menus, cook the dishes and serve the food.  It’s a fantastic experience and you get a restaurant standard meal at a bargain price.  I’d really recommend you checking your local college to see if they have a similar offering.


Green lentil, coriander and lime soup

Green lentil, coriander and lime soup (Serves 4)

2 tbsp olive oil
2 celery sticks, finely sliced
1 large white onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tins of green lentils
700ml vegetable stock
Juice of 2 limes
One large handful of coriander leavees, freshly chopped
A dollop of yoghurt to serve

1. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the celery, onion and garlic gently for 5 minutes.

2. Add the green lentils and vegetable stock and bring to the boil.  Turn the heat down to a simmer.  Cook for 20 minutes.

3. Use a blender or food processor to blitz the soup until it is smooth.

4. Return to the heat in a clean pan and add in the lime juice and chopped coriander.  Season as required.

5. Serve the soup with a swirl of yoghurt.


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