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Recipes

Lentil & vegetable soup with cheese straws

You could make the cheese straws well in advance and freeze them – either raw or cooked.

You could make the cheese straws well in advance and freeze them – either raw or cooked.

Cooking Time

Cook: 1 Hour 30 Mins

Cooking Time

Serves: 6

Cooking Time

Price: 96p per serving

Nutritional Information

Each 405g serving contains

Energy
1462kj
349kcal
18%
Fat
15.1g
Med
21%
Saturates
6.7g
High
33%
Sugars
13.5g
Low
15%
Salt
0.8g
Low
14%
2
of your 5-a-day
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g:
361kj/86kcal

Ingredients

2 tbsp sunflower oil

1 chopped onion

1 garlic clove

500g peeled, cubed butternut squash (flesh only)

500g peeled, cubed sweet potato

150g sliced carrots

1 vegetable stock cube

75g split red lentils

1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

150g reduced-fat crème fraîche

1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

3 tbsp tomato purée

Black pepper & cheese straws

225g plain flour

¼ level tsp mustard powder

Pinch of cayenne pepper

150g chilled salted butter

50g grated mature Cheddar

2 large free-range eggs

50g grated Parmesan

15g extra Parmesan for sprinkling on top

Method

1
Heat 2 tbsp sunflower oil in a pan and cook 1 chopped onion until soft. Add 1 finely chopped garlic clove and cook for another minute.
2
Add squash, sweet potato, carrots and vegetable stock cube, dissolved in 700ml hot water. Heat until simmering.
3
Rinse red lentils in a sieve under cold running water. Drain and add to the pan with parsley, thyme and tomato purée. Heat until simmering again.
4
Cover the pan and simmer for 25 minutes or until the vegetables are really tender.
5
Cool for 20 minutes, then purée the soup in a blender or processor until smooth enough to drink from a mug. You may need to add a little water.
6
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Line two baking trays. Sift flour, mustard powder and cayenne pepper into a bowl.
7
Cube butter, add to the flour, then rub in with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in Cheddar and Parmesan.
8
Beat 2 eggs and add about half to the flour and butter. Mix with a round-bladed knife until it starts to form clumps. Gather with your hands to form a stiff, but not sticky, dough. Flatten, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 20 minutes.
9
Roll out on a floured surface to 1/2cm thick. Cut into 1cm x 12cm straws, put on the trays, with a gap between each.
10
Brush with the remaining egg and sprinkle with 15g grated Parmesan. Bake for 12-15 minutes until pale golden brown. Cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes. Move to a wire tray to finish cooling.
11
Stir crème fraîche into the soup and reheat. Sprinkle with black pepper and serve in mugs with the cheese straws.