Here’s a taste of the recipes you’ll find in my books as well as other healthy and delicious food ideas that come when the mood takes me. Enjoy!


02 Mar 2015

Nicole's Spanish Lentil Soup

Posted by 2142 2142 on Monday, March 02, 2015

Lentil Soup (sopa de lentejas)

(using a pressure cooker)

To serve 4-6


2 tablespoons virgin olive oil

1 large onion, cut into large chunks

1 carrot, diced

1 red capsicum, cut into long strips

2 cloves garlic, sliced

1 chorizo sausage, sliced thickly

1 cup Brown lentils

4 bay leaves

¼ cup roughly chopped fresh parsley

1 litre stock (chicken, vegetable or beef)

1 can (440g) peeled and chopped tomatoes

2 tablespoon tomato paste

2 cups water

1/2 cup rice


Heat the olive oil in the base of the pressure cooker. Add the onion, capsicum, carrot, garlic and chorizo and cook for 5 minutes, or until onion is softened. Add the lentils, bay leaves and parsley and cook for a few minutes stirring constantly to ensure the lentils are coated. Add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and water. Place the lid on the cooker and cook under pressure for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, release the steam pressure and leave to cool until safe to remove the lid. Add the rice and stir well. Replace the lid and allow the rice to cook by absorption over a low heat for 15 minutes (without pressure). Serve with crusty bread.

Side note

I have cooked this recipe many times and will often not use measurements, but simply throw in what I think looks good! You can alter the thickness by using less liquid, or add additional vegetables such as zucchini, carrot, celery or fennel. I’ve also used smoked paprika to up the flavour. Have fun experimenting yourself.

Nutrition information per serve (of 4)

1200kJ; 48g carbohydrates; 3g fat; 17g protein; 9g fibre; 850mg sodium (less if salt-reduced stock is used)