The days are starting to stretch and we have snowdrops under our birch tree. I bought a bunch of daffodils at the supermarket last weekend and there’s a cherry tree down our road that has a few blossoms on it. I’m not saying Spring is here or even that it’s on its way, but I am slowly starting to remember what spring is like and that’s really rather nice indeed.
All this said, it was -5 oC this morning and my fingers almost dropped off scraping frost off the car. Soup season is most definitely still here. This one’s a cracker. 🙂
Smokey Tomato & Rice Soup
2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
4 plump garlic cloves, finely chopped
25g red lentils
1 tspn smoked paprika (you may need to increase this if your smoked paprika isn’t really smokey)
1 tspn paprika
1 tpsn cumin
½ tspn cayenne pepper or chilli powder (if your smoked paprika is hot you won’t need this – taste the spices)
500g passata (sieved tomatoes – you could use normal tinned tomatoes but the consistency will be less velvety)
1.5 ltr chicken or vegetable stock (made from a cube is fine)
150g frozen sweetcorn
- Heat a good splash of olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion and celery and fry gently until softened (about 10 mins). Add the garlic and spices to the pan and stir well.
- Cook for another minute before adding the rice, lentils, passata and stock. Simmer gently for 20 mins. Add the sweetcorn and cook for a futher 10 mins until the rice and lentils are soft.
- Season and serve.
This is my next meat free Monday dish!
daffodils and soup sound wonderful to me – I heard it was cold in Edinburgh right now – -5 sounds v v v cold! nothing like smoked paprika to warm the cockles
Mmmmm, this looks delicious! Definitely one for me to try in this freezing weather!
It started snowing last night and I was wondering what I had on hand to make soup with ….and Bingo ! I’ve got everything but the sweetcorn .
Off to make some for lunch …….
That soup looks delicious! Do you fancy entering one of your soups into our Soup of the Month comp? http://bit.ly/xSdybB
Your photos make this soup look very appealing – so warm and cosy! Just what we need right now! Love your blog, by the way.
What an interesting soup! I adore smoked paprika!
Yum… Making this one. -6 here tonight and I’m in the south for goodness sake! 🙂
Hi Wendy. I just happened upon your gorgeous blog while noodling around looking for some inspiration this cold winter morning. I do a similar soup with smoked paprika, and looking around I see a lot of similarity in our approach and ingredient choice. I am cancer health educator at the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres in Edinburgh and Fife, and my blog is an extension of my work, with mainly vegetarian family cooking. Great to find a fellow Scotland-based food blogger who is emphasising the healthy and delicious side of seasonal cooking.
This looks delicious! going on my to-do-list!
This looks like such a flavorful soup! And comforting too. Lately I’ve been enjoying all the blossoming plum trees in my neighborhood which makes me miss Japan. It gives me a little glimpse of spring as well! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Hope all is well with you, Wendy!