Green lentil soup with saffron-scrambled eggs

Green lentil soup with saffron-scrambled eggs

William Meppem

This is one of the best soups we can think of for a cold winter’s night. It is deliciously warming and subtly spiced, and the creamy scramble of eggs makes it comforting and filling.


Quantity Ingredient
1 medium onion, finely chopped
80ml olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 green chillies, de-seeded, scraped and finely chopped
350g green lentils
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon honey
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1 1/2 litres vegetable stock or water
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups fresh coriander leaves
5 eggs
10 saffron strands, lightly roasted and crushed
80ml thickened cream
50g butter
extra-virgin olive oil
extra fresh coriander leaves, to garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy pan and sweat the onion for 2 minutes until it is softened. Add the garlic and green chillies, and cook a further minute. Add the lentils, allspice, honey, lemon juice and zest, and then the vegetable stock or water. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Skim, lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes until the lentils are very tender. Add the coriander and remove from the heat. Allow to rest uncovered for 10 minutes before blending to a purée in a liquidiser or food processor.
  2. Taste and adjust seasoning and thin with a little more stock if necessary.
  3. Lightly combine the eggs with the saffron, cream and a little salt and pepper. Melt the butter and cook the eggs over a very gentle heat until they are very softly scrambled.
  4. To serve, bring the lentil soup to the boil, skim and pour into serving bowls. Top with a spoonful of the scrambled eggs, drizzle with a little extra-virgin olive oil and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
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