This is a fabulous soup. It is delicious, cheap and easy to make, freezes well and can be dressed up for a glamorous occasion. It is low-fat  (if you omit the cheese) and packs a protein and vitamin punch so it ticks all the good Mummy boxes!

Serves 4


1tbsp olive oil

l large onion, peeled and chopped

225g broccoli, trimmed and chopped

½ tbsp cumin seeds

3 tbsps red lentils

900 ml vegetable stock made with 2 tsps Marigold Bouillon

salt and pepper to taste

Stilton or Cheddar or Vegetarian Parmesan to serve


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onion, broccoli and cumin seeds and cook until starting to soften
  • Add the lentils and stock and stir
  • Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the lentils are soft
  • Cool slightly then puree with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth.
  • Reheat gently
  • Season to taste

Serve with your choice of cheese crumbled on top and chunks of crusty bread. Or pop an attractive piece of parsley on top as I did for this photo and stick your tongue firmly inside your cheek!

This recipe has been adapted and fiddled with but originally stems from one of my absolute favourite cook books The Good Housekeeping Complete Book of Vegetarian Cookery.

If this is the first time you have visited my meat free Monday slot, I am a vegetarian Mum of 4 (my children and husband are also veggie) and I started this once a week post due to popular request from readers and Twitter followers. For more Meat Free Monday recipes and suggestions do visit my other recipe ideas and


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