9p Carrot and Lentil Soup

I sometimes think that we're put under too much pressure for every meal to be a fancy pants production. With all the pressure to whip up something that resembles a Michelin starred plate, it can be tempting to cave and buy something instead. I've decided to give myself permission to serve my family 5 ingredient soups, or beans on toast, when I'm tired or lacking inspiration. It'll definitely do them - and you - more good than a Dominoes!

Before I became a Frugal Weirdo, I used to go to Pret A Manger, or Marks and Spencers, every day. I probably spent in the region of £1500 a year on lunches for work/Uni. The cost to my wallet was heavy, but these salt and sugar ladened pre-packaged foods come at a cost to our health too, especially with many of us sitting at desks for over 8 hours a day. Now I prefer to chow down on some good old-fashioned, home cooked soup. 

I made the below soup in my Instant Pot (highly recommended), whilst watching Minimalism movie (also highly recommended) but I've put the instructions for the hob below.

Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup (serves 5)

2 tsp cumin - about 3p (bought in huuuge bags from our local Asian shop)
1 tsp red chilli flakes - about 2p (also bought in huuuge bags from our local Asian shop)
600g carrots, grated - 11.4p (currently on offer for 19p a kg)
140g red split lentils - 21p
4 tsp marigold vegetable bouillon (or 2 veg stock cubes) - 10p
Lemon juice (optional, but delicious) - 10p

Heat a pan up over medium heat and sizzle the cumin and chilli seeds until fragrant. 

Add carrot, lentils, 1.2 litres of water and stock powder, bring to the boil and then simmer for half an hour. 

Season well with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. 

Enjoy whilst your colleagues tuck into their expensive, heart-disease-causing, supermarket fare.

Prices, from Lidl, correct as of December 2016.


  1. Just bought the ingredients for this, can't wait to try it!


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