Smokey Black Bean and Lentil Soup ….. not one of the prettiest things on the planet but its cheap, tasty and easy to make which ticks every single button when it comes to a quick turnaround on a Monday evening.
I know (cos I have a diary on a massive whiteboard in my kitchen ) that I have precisely 60 minute between finishing work this evening and being over at the local council fighting my neighbours corner with an issue that has been running quite a while.
This is NOT the evening for a fancy tea … quick, tasty and simple … and preferably something that has all the prep done over breakfast as there will be precious little time as I fly through this evening.
Soup – smokey, thick, creamy and tasty with thick slices of garlic bread (LIDL reduced price and stashed in the freezer) means that I can head out to my evening meeting without too much of a guilt trip from the kids. Well – they probably will about something out but they can never claim that I never feed them
SMOKEY BLACK BEAN AND LENTIL SOUP
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 sticks celery
- 1 small onion
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 1 heaped teaspoon smoked paprika
- 250g cooked black beans (1 tin)
- 200g green lentils
- 1 litre boiling water
Easy prep- mind you this is a weekday soup and seeing as I am cooking this whilst simultaneously shouting at the kids to get dressed and making toast you can bet your bottom dollar its going to be quick and simple.
So – finely chop the onion, celery and garlic.
Fill up the kettle and pop on to boil – this all comes together so much quicker if you have boiling water to hand.
Bung the veggies into your pan with a splash of water whilst you sort out the rest of the ingredients.
Drain and rinse the black beans if you are using canned – they can be too salty for most tastes. Mine came from from the freezer so a quick bang to loosen them up and a rinse under the tap and they are good to go.
Tip into the pan with the lentils, can of chopped tomatoes and a good heaped teaspoon of smoked paprika.
Time to set your timer for just five minutes ,……. and head off to try and find the eight year old’s PE Kit which I know fine will be exactly where is was left for him but has now managed to get itself magically invisible ………
… five minutes … yup, just five minutes of fuel is going to cook your soup to perfection.
Now move your pot into your thermal bag and fasten up nice and tightly. That’s it .. off to work we all go knowing that come dinner time tonight I need to do just a couple of steps and dinner is on the table.
Pop your stick blender into the pot and give a quick blitz – the soup shouldn’t be smooth but you do want it to have a creamy base so fives seconds max and you are done.
The soup is still pretty warm – but we like our soups piping hot so a couple of minutes back on the hob again and I am done .
Into bowls – garlic bread to dip and pause … well for a wee while as I am off out to my meeting with the council this evening ………………. that will not be so quick and easy as this soup is to make I can tell you
Whats up for your frugal tea tonight???