A Warming Lentil Soup Recipe from the Virtuous Bread

Warm Lentil Soup

I was teaching a bread angel class today with one American and one soup enthusiast who loves your site.  It inspired me, especially given we had just made bread and I had made soup. 

Not every day in the summer is warm.  Some days are surprisingly cool and for them you need a warming soup. Not a hearty soup, just a warming soup to make you remember to be glad your woolliest cardigan is packed away for the summer.  Eaten with home made soda bread, this soup is just the thing.

Warming Lentil Soup


  • 1 big bunches of watercress

  • 6 Italian plum tomatoes 

  • 4 cloves of garlic

  • 1 onion

  • Vegetable stock

  • 1/2 cup lentils

  • 1/2 cup bulgur

  • 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste

  • 1 teaspoon of chili paste


Serve with warm soda bread.



1 Sweat the onion and garlic in the olive oil for a good 10 minutes on low
2 While that is sweating, wash the watercress, discarding the very
thick stalks. Cut the tomatoes into thick chunks.
3 When the onion and
garlic are well sweated, add the watercress, tomatoes, and about 1 litre of
vegetable stock.
4 Bring to the boil and then simmer and cook for about 30
minutes (10 minutes in a pressure cooker). Blend it thoroughly with a hand
blender or in a blender.
5 Add the lentils to the soup and bring it back to the boil. Simmer for about
30 minutes (7 in a pressure cooker) or until the lentils are tender.
6 Add the bulgur and simmer until the bulgur is tender - 10-15 minutes.
7 Add
the tamarind and chili pastes, taste it, and then add salt and pepper to
8 Add more liquid if you need it or simmer a bit longer to reduce the
amount of liquid.

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