Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, great hot or cold – Work Lunches sorted

I must apologise for today’s post, it’s is so hot here, and after a few sleepless nights, I am wrung out- hence a lazy post – the weather is due to break this week, I always think that literally will clear the air 🤗

Anyway, after 12 lovely days off work, I have to drag my sorry soul back to work tomorrow.

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To get ahead, I am making Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, which can be eaten hot or cold, depending on what you like. This is being made in the Thermomix, but it’s easily done in a pan and can be whizzed with a hand blender. This is cheap and delicious, I didn’t post a link as this was a recipe given as a ‘show’ recipe during the Thermomix demonstration a few years ago and I don’t know which link is the ‘original’ there are loads on the interweb – now there’s one more 🤣🤣

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To start I ground 40g of red lentils at speed 10 for 5 seconds, this helps to thicken the soup, this is set aside for a few minutes. Red lentils are only 20g carbs pe 100g, so this is less than 10g of carbs for the whole pan of soup.

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To the bowl add a halved brown onion, a fat clove of peeled garlic and a roughly chopped large red pepper (or 2 smaller ones) and whizz at speed 4 for 10 seconds.

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Scrape down the bowl, and add a good drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, sipped 1 at heat 100.

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At this point, add a tin of chopped tomatoes, the ground lentils, 400ml of Veg stock and cook for 12 minutes, speed 2 at heat 100.

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Blend to finish the soup, by whizzing at speed 10 for 30 seconds – make sure the measuring cup is tightly on, and I use a tea towel to hold the lid just in case the hot liquid splashes.

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This is poured into soup mugs and popped into the fridge or freezer when cool, ready to grab bleary eyed in the mornings.

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I added a handful of fresh basil leaves from the garden before blitzing, but previously I have added a teaspoon of smoked paprika or just drizzled a tablespoon of double cream into the soup.

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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