Lentil and Bacon Soup #SundaySupper

Today for Sunday Supper we talking about dishes that keep you warm. Which is a perfect topic to cover on this cold, wet dreary day. I don’t know about you but I don’t tend to eat a lot of soup during the summer, I do love it but I don’t really think about making it. But I go crazy for it come winter time. There is something about a bowl of hot soup that just warms you from the inside out. I have a lot of soup and stew dishes that I tend to stick to during the winter but this time I wanted to find something different. Other then in a potato soup I had never really used bacon in a soup before. And after trying this one I think I have been missing out all this time. The thick cubes of bacon with the lentils and just enough heat to add warmth made this a perfect soup for a cold rainy day. But just a warning, when a recipe calls for a certain kind of lentil before you substitute it make sure it will yield the right results. I actually had to make this recipe twice for this posting because the first time I just substituted the red lentils for some green ones that I had on hand. But green lentils don’t break down so the first result was too brothy and didn’t give you the stick to your bones feel I wanted. I tend to substitute without thinking sometimes and it was a good lesson to remind me to stop and do research if I am not sure. But round two was absolutely delicious.

Lentil and Bacon Soup

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion , diced
140g (5 oz) bacon lardons, cubed
1 carrot (about 120g), finely diced
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 garlic cloves , finely chopped
1 chilli , sliced
2 low-salt stock cubes
250g (1 1/4 c.) dried red lentils , rinsed
recipe from BBC Good Food


Cube the carrot into small cubes.

Add 3/4 of the bacon to a large sauce pan, setting aside the rest for later, then add the onion, and the carrot. Cook on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes until the onions are soft. You shouldn’t need any extra oil because of the fat the bacon produces, but if you find that it is sticking too much to the pan add a small amount of water.

Add the cumin, turmeric, garlic and chilli and cook for a further 1 – 2 minutes until the aromas are released.

Pour in 1.25 litres of boiling water, crumble in the stock cubes and add the lentils. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 mins, stirring occasionally to ensure the lentils aren’t sticking.

Before serving fry the remaining lardons in a small frying pan until crispy. You don’t need to add any oil as plenty will run from the bacon. Sprinkle the bacon on top of the soup and serve.

 
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    Lentil and Bacon Soup
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    Serves: 4
     
    Ingredients
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion , diced
    • 140g (5 oz) bacon lardons, cubed
    • 1 carrot (about 120g), finely diced
    • 1 tsp ground cumin
    • ½ tsp turmeric
    • 2 garlic cloves , finely chopped
    • 1 chilli , sliced
    • 2 low-salt stock cubes
    • 250g (1¼ c.) dried red lentils , rinsed
    Instructions
    1. Add ¾ of the bacon to a large sauce pan, setting aside the rest for later, then add the onion, and the carrot. Cook on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes until the onions are soft. You shouldn't need any extra oil because of the fat the bacon produces, but if you find that it is sticking too much to the pan add a small amount of water.
    2. Add the cumin, turmeric, garlic and chilli and cook for a further 1 - 2 minutes until the aromas are released.
    3. Pour in 1.25 litres of boiling water, crumble in the stock cubes and add the lentils. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 mins, stirring occasionally to ensure the lentils aren't sticking.

27 thoughts on “Lentil and Bacon Soup #SundaySupper

  • November 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm
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    This soup looks absolutely amazing… I have been wanting to cook with Lentils and this looks like the perfect recipe to try!

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  • November 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm
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    What an easy soup and that bacon just brings it over the top!

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  • November 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm
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    Cumin and turmeric are a couple of my favorite spices for soups and stews. I love lentils and so this sounds like a wonderful soup to me.

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  • November 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm
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    I´m all for this kind of soul warming soups! I still have to learn about different types of lentils though. Love those lardons!

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  • November 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm
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    This sounds like the perfect combination of warming flavours – I’m nuts about cumin!

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    • November 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm
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      Cumin is one of my favourite spices, I use it all the time.

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  • November 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm
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    We love lentils and your soup looks so good 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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  • November 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm
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    Looks good and I googled Lardon to find out what that was all about in your ingredients.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm
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      Oh I didn’t think to explain what that was. Thanks for reminding me, I will put a clickable link on the item so it is easy for people to figure out. 🙂

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  • November 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm
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    Ah the cumin! Goes lovely with lentils in this light and flavourful soup! A little bit of bacon always does the trick 🙂

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  • November 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm
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    Oh this looks like one delicious soup and with those spices and bacon,I’m so in :)Lovely recipe!

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  • November 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm
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    Oh, how I love lentils…and maybe I can convert the hubby with this recipe! Bacon is a fantastic addition 🙂

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  • November 5, 2012 at 1:13 am
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    The recipe looks and sounds great Laura! I especially like the use of cumin with the lentils. Pinning it to my “To cook” list now!

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  • November 5, 2012 at 1:41 am
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    I love making lentil soup. I usually make it a vegetarian dish but bacon would be so much better!!!! Everything is better with bacon!

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  • November 5, 2012 at 11:27 am
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    This definitely sounds like a bowl of soul-warming comfort food – I’m freezing…pass some my way! 😉

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  • November 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm
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    I have never made lentil soup, but I think that needs to change. Thanks for sharing!

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  • November 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm
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    I love lentil soup. I love that hearty kind of soup and adding bacon to it makes it that much better. Great recipe. I should make lentil soup this winter. I haven’t made it in a few years but seeing yours makes me want some.

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  • November 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm
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    Wonderful soup and bacon is absolutely needed to start all sorts of soup! Once you start you’ll never go back!

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  • November 18, 2012 at 4:42 am
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    I love lentils! It never would have occurred to me that one type would work better than another–like you, I often substitute things without giving it much thought!

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    • May 31, 2013 at 8:56 am
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      It is so easy and the nice thing is it is very satisfying so even my husband, who sees soup as a starter not a main meal, loves having it for dinner.

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