We’re optimistically looking ahead to warmer weather but we’re not out of the woods yet. With that in mind you’ll be knocking up this chunky, nutrition packed soup tonight to keep the chills at bay. Ironically the toasts will be even better if your bread is a bit stale when you make them so if this is the last meal of the week then all the better!
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Vegetable Stock Pot(ContainsCelery, Sulphites)
Dried Porcini Mushrooms
Grated Hard Italian Style Cheese(ContainsMilk, Egg)
Wholemeal Baguette(ContainsCereals containing gluten)
Boil 600ml of water with the stock pot. Drain and thoroughly rinse the lentils. Peel and finely dice the carrot, potato and one clove of garlic. Finely dice the celery and finely chop the chestnut mushrooms.
Soak the dried porcini mushrooms in half a cup of warm water.
Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of butter (if you have it) in a pot on medium-low heat. Gently fry the carrot, celery and diced garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Pull the leaves from the thyme stalk and add these too. Tip: Don’t let the vegetables brown and reduce heat if necessary.
After 5 mins add in the diced potato and the chestnut mushrooms. Lift the porcini from the water and chop up finely before adding to the pan. Add another pinch of salt and pepper and keep the porcini water. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.
After 5 mins add the stock and porcini water to the pan. Bubble the liquid away on medium heat until it has thickened up (15 mins).
Slice the baguette widthways into slices just under 1cm thick and place in the oven. Bake the bread for around 8 mins until crispy. Chop the remaining clove of garlic in half and rub this over each piece of warm bread.
Drizzle a little olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper on each piece of bread. Top them with the hard Italian cheese and put back in the oven until the cheese melts.
Add the lentils to the soup and cook for one minute before removing from the heat. Stir in the 4 tbsp of cream and add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve the soup with the Italian toasts on top and dive in!