Pumpkin, carrot, lentil and ginger soup

A steaming bowl of flavoursome, hearty soup is just what both the doctor and your tastebuds ordered for this time of year.

Throw in a tasty dose of immunity-enhancing ingredients and you’re well on your way to avoiding the winter blues and those pesky ahh-choos!

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Ingredients:

1 brown onion, cut into thin wedges
2 cloves garlic, thickly sliced
4 carrots, halved lengthways, roughly chopped
6 dutch carrots, trimmed, fronds reserved
300g Kent pumpkin, seeded, peeled, cut into 3cm chunks
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp ground turmeric
Sea-salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to season
1 cup dried red lentils
1.5L vegetable stock
8 sprigs thyme
1½ tsp finely grated ginger
Greek-style yoghurt, to serve
Dry-roasted natural almonds, roughly chopped, to serve

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Put onion, garlic, all carrots and pumpkin on a large oven tray. Add oil and turmeric and season. Toss well to coat. Roast for 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender and lightly browned. Set aside dutch carrots on a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

2. Transfer remaining roast vegetables to a large, heavybased saucepan. Add lentils, stock, thyme and ginger. Cover with a lid and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Remove lid and cook uncovered for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Puree.

3. Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with a dollop of yoghurt, dutch carrots, almonds and reserved carrot fronds. Season and serve.

For more delicious winter warming soup recipes be sure to pick up a copy of the June issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, on sale now!

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