Lentil Soup with Fig & Chèvre Bruschetta

Is there anything cosier than a big steaming bowl of soup on a rainy day? Especially paired with indulgent little bruschettas with perfectly ripe figs and goat cheese, you can't really go wrong.

Lentil soup is a favourite of ours since it's hearty, simple, and very budget friendly. It's also easily jazzed up by any additions that take your fancy - this time round I kept it simple with onions, lardon and vegetable stock, but I also like to add chopped carrots or any other root vegetable.

It's the ultimate lazy soup - no dusting off the food processor. I use a potato masher to crush some of the lentils once cooked, but it's really not a requirement.

Perfect with a side of flickering candles and a glass of red wine.