Lentil and apricot soup

Lentil and apricot soup

Three Sisters Bake
Helen Cathcart

I used to work as a chef in a busy lunch café in Glasgow. No matter what other exciting soups I created, lentil would always be the customer favourite. Eventually, I decided to experiment with variations on lentil so I could still be creative in my cooking whilst giving people a taste of their old classic. Lentil and apricot was the winning recipe. - Linsey


Quantity Ingredient
1 teaspoon olive oil
25g butter
1 white onion, roughly chopped into 2½-cm- chunks
2 large white potatoes, scrubbed and chopped into rough chunks
4 carrots, chopped into rough chunks
2 celery sticks, tough strings removed and roughly chopped
1 large leek, topped and tailed, chopped into 2½-cm- lengths and rinsed thoroughly
200g red lentils, rinsed in a sieve under running water, until the water runs clear
200g fresh apricots, de-stoned and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable bouillon powder
salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, to serve


  1. Heat the oil and butter in a heavy-based deep pan on a medium heat. Add all the vegetables to the pan and sweat them gently for 10 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes, until soft. Add the rinsed lentils, the apricots and enough water to cover all the ingredients, turn up the heat and bring to the boil.
  2. Once the soup is boiling, add the bouillon powder and give everything a good stir.
  3. Now reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, uncovered. Check halfway through to see if the water needs topping up at all – it should just cover the veggies.
  4. Check the lentils are completely soft before removing from the heat. Allow to cool a little.
  5. Liquidize well with a hand blender until smooth, then taste for seasoning and add extra salt if needed. Stir through the chopped parsley and serve.
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