Now that the weather has well and truly turned to the nasty, there’s no replacing a toasty soup. I do love making soup but I really enjoy creamy varieties, however seeing as hubby is lactose intolerant, favourites like Cheese & Broccoli are out the window. So, when I find a recipe which gives a creamy texture but without the dairy, I’m always keen to give it a try.
This recipe is borne out of one of my bad habits… buying veggies that aren’t on my meal plan, just because they are on special offer. I do this pretty regularly at Lidl, where their super saver offers are usually pretty epic and handily, there’s a branch right beside where I get my bus. Check out Lidl’s weekly fruit and vegetable offers here.
Last week, it was sweet potatoes and despite all my attempts, the kids will not eat them. I’d love to know what developmental change clicked in their brains one day and just made them so suspicious of food.
So I thought i’d use them to make a soup instead of chips etc as they were in a rather odd shape and I didn’t fancy having to creatively chop to get them even so I just peeled them and bunged them into the slow cooker on a Sunday morning.
- 5 medium peeled and chopped sweet potatoes (49p @ Lidl)
- 2 white potatoes peeled and chopped (26p)
- 1 cup red lentils (25p)
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes (30p)
- 1 tsp black pepper (2p)
- 1 tsp salt (2p)
- 1/ tsp chilli flakes (2p)
- 1 tsp garlic powder (2p)
- 1 tbsp tomato pureé (3p)
- 700ml stock (12.5p)
- 6 slices bacon (£1.50)
Total Cost: £3.04 (or 51p per portion)
I put all of this on high for 4 hours on the slow cooker and just let the smell fill the house. While it’s cooking, chop and fry/grill the bacon.
Once done, I blend in batches and add a little hot water as I go because the soup comes out so thick that 6 portions could definitely be stretched. Add the bacon and voila!