Fresh tomatoes are a hit in this soup, however, at this time of year tomatoes taste nothing in Sweden. The soup goes very well with canned tomatoes and dried herbs but use fresh if you can access it.
Chop the onions and garlic.
Add some butter or olive oil to a large pot.
Fry the onions and the garlic with some paprika powder.
Add the rinsed lentils.
..and canned tomatoes.
Now add bay leaves and basil (I used frozen).
I also added cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, oregano and (dried) coriander.
Let boil for 10 minutes, put a lid on.
Add a pinch of salt and perhaps some vinegar to sharpen the flavor.
If you want beans this is when to add them (at least if you use pre-cooked beans).
This is a very easy yet tasteful dish that works really well when it's getting colder outside. It's cheap too!
- 150.0ml Red lentils
- 2.0 Onions
- 2.0 Garlic cloves
- 1.0tsp Paprika powder
- 2.0 Bay leaves
- 1.0l Water
- 400.0g Canned tomatoes
- 1.0pch Cumin
- 1.0pch Cayenne pepper
- 1.0pch Oregano
- Butter or olive oil
- 1.0 Stock cube
- 1.0tsp Salt
- 1.0tsp (White wine) vinegar
- 100.0g Fresh tomatoes
- 250.0g (Pre-cooked) Kidney beans