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Step into spring with this fibre-rich soup to support your heart and gut health

Recipe adapted from The Heart Foundation. General healthy eating advice only.

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Hearty veggie and lentil soup

Cooking time: 45 minutes (15 minutes)

Serves 4


  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 zucchini, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 cup (200g) dried lentil soup mix, rinsed
  • 400g bottle passata (tomato puree)
  • 1 reduced salt vegetable stock cube, crumbled
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, celery, carrot and garlic.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened slightly.
  4. Add curry powder and lentil soup mix.
  5. Stir over heat a further minute.
  6. Add passata, stock cube and 6 cups of water. Bring to the boil.
  7. Reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, skimming surface occasionally to remove any foam.
  8. Stir in zucchini and parsley.
  9. Simmer a further 5 minutes until vegetables and lentils are tender. Serve hot.


  • You can freeze leftovers for reheating later.
  • Dried herbs are a budget friendly way to add extra flavour.
  • Dried lentils can be replaced with canned lentils or beans for a quicker cook time.
  • Minced garlic in a jar is a good substitute for fresh garlic cloves. ½ tsp minced equals 1 clove.
  • Substitute frozen vegetables for variety and reduce waste; or try adding some seasonal shredded cabbage.


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