1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped
1 small carrot. peeled and finely chopped
half a rib of celery (I used the outside rib and piulled off the strings - better flavour), finely chopped
a few squirts of squrty olive oil
splash of water
small carton of passata
handful of red lentils
seasoning (I just used black pepper)
about half tsp sugar
Place veg in a pan and toss in the oil, mixing well. Add the splash of water and place on a very low heat. Let it slowly fry for about 15 mins.
Add the passata, some pepper, the lentils and the sugar and some extra water (I swished out the carton and then added it to the pan).
Bring to a gentle simmer, cover and allow to gently simmer for ages. Stir now and again and add more water if it's getting too thick.
When all the vegetables and the lentils are cooked, zizz until it's as smooth as you want. Add more water if it's too thick. Add some tomato puree and bring back to a simmer, stirring well.
I added a dollop of natural yogurt.
Makes enough for 2.