High Energy Lentil Soup

This is our all-time favourite ‘get back on track’ soup. It really hits the spot when you are feeling tired, stressed and vulnerable to infections, because it is packed with anti-viral and antibacterial nutrients such as vitamin A and garlic. Lentils provide protein and slow released even energy – whilst also being a really cheap and delicious store cupboard staple.

Serves 3 - 4

Prep time 10 mins

Cook time 1 hour


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium leek, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 200g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs or
  • 1 handful fresh finely chopped parsley
  • 200g (dry weight) brown or green lentils
  • 1 litre (1.75pints) vegetable stock
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh coriander to garnish


  • Heat the oil and a splash of water in a large, lidded pan and steam fry the onion, celery, leek and garlic over a medium heat, turning frequently, until soft and transparent – about 8 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer, then turn the heat down and put the lid on.
  • Cook for 30 mins or so until the lentils and all the vegetables are tender.
  • Leave to cool slightly, then transfer half of the soup to an electric blender and blend until smooth.
  • Return the blended soup to the pan, stir well to combine and reheat and serve.
  • Sprinkle with fresh coriander.