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

    • 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. 🙂

  1. 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.

    • 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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