This makes enough for one pretty hungry person and is very, very easy.
1/4 onion, chopped
a bit of celery (same amount as the onion), chopped
half a smallish carrot, washed and chopped
30g red lentils
300mls ham stock**
pepper (no salt, see below)
little bit of garlic puree
pinch dried mixed herbs
Place everything in a saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer until everything is cooked.
Zizz to required smoothness. Taste and adjust seasoning if required. Serve piping hot.
** I had some ham stock from boiling a little ham on Monday. As the ham was 'green', it wasn't too salty and the stock was just right. If it's too salty, it will need diluting before use.
If you don't have ham stock, you can use any other stock; then it will be lentil, not ham and lentil soup.
In a Thermomix, put everything in the bowl and cook for 20 mins, 100C, speed 4. Then zizz for about 20 seconds. Reheat to 98 just before serving.
Edited to add that I used a bit of cooking bacon (all fat cut off) today instead of stock and it has come out beautifully. I also added a bit of low fat soft cheese for added creaminess and it needed a bit of salt. Gorgeous