Make up a big pot of this comforting hearty Bacon and Lentil Soup today - perfect for a cold winter's day.
This bacon and lentil soup is packed with of all kinds of goodness. Chunky brown lentils, carrots, onion, celery, the smoky flavour of bacon and then the slight tanginess from Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar - it's a proper meal in a bowl.
Soups are one of my favourite dishes to make and they don't ever need to be complicated. You can literally add a few different vegetables and seasonings with some broth and you could potentially have 100s of different varieties of soup.
Also if you are one of the fussy ones who struggle with vegetable, soup is a great way to disguise them, especially for younger ones.
I always have lentils in my pantry, because you never know when I might just fancy making up a big pot of soup, and they are great for bulking out a dish without using expensive or complicated ingredients.
It's a good idea to have a few different varieties on hand. If you enjoy a chunkier lentil, choose brown or green, or if you prefer a lentil that thickens and blends into the soup - choose red lentils.
Both have their place in different soup recipes.
I love using red lentils in this Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup. Simple ingredients, but packed with flavour from the choice of spices. It's a regular one I turn to when I fancy some soup.
Another favourite using red lentils is this delicious Spicy Tomato and Lentil Soup - a great one for kids, because of the sweetness of the sweet potato, and if they don't like food that is too spicy, you can easily adjust the spice level.
For this Bacon and Lentil soup, however, I prefer the chunkiness of brown lentils, they keep more of bite to them, and just make this a really hearty bowl of food.
It's perfect for freezing too, so if you make up a pot and have some leftover, just pop the leftovers in a tub and freeze for another day. You will thank me when it's a freezing cold winter day and you just want to snuggle on the sofa with a blanket, with some cheesy movie and really don't fancy standing in the kitchen mustering up something decent to cook.
I can't tell you how even more amazing this is, with a little-grated cheddar or parmesan on top, but then isn't everything even better with a little bit of cheese?
My kids, however, love their soup with bread, dang why is it so hard to resist the bread? Luckily though this Bacon and Lentil soup is really filling, so you honestly don't need any bread, but if you can't do without the bread no matter what soup you make, it would go really well with this Gluten-Free Soda Bread or Cheddar and Spring Onion Bread or your own choice of bread with some butter.
Finish of the soup with a sprinkle of fresh chopped Italian parsley, that pop of little green flecks in this, make it look delicious and it's important for food to look good as well as tasting good, right?
So you've bought some big bags of lentils, have made soup, but are wondering what else you can make - How about one of these lentil recipes?
- Spicy Lentils and Spinach
- Easy Red Lentil Dhal
- 4 Ingredient Quick Lentil Curry (Instant Pot)
- Sausage and Lentil Casserole
- Chicken, Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry
- Chicken and Lentil Soup
- Coconut Green Lentil Curry
- Lentil Curry (Instant Pot and Stove Top recipe)
- Mexican Lentil Bake
- Lentil Bolognese
- Lentil Cheddar Bake
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Lentil Curry
- Sweet Potato, Vegetable and Lentil Chilli
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If you have a busy work schedule and don't have heating facilities at work and would really love to take filling meals like this Bacon and Lentil Soup on the go with you. A Thermos Stainless Steel Food flask like this one below is a perfect option.
It will hold just under 500ml of food and keep it warm for up to 9 hours, which means it is perfect for chilli’s, curries, and dishes like this Bacon and Lentil Soup.
Keep yourself well satiated during the day with filling meals like this. So that you don't give into other off plan temptations all around you.
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- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 sticks of celery, chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1 cup (190g) of brown lentils (dried), rinsed
- 8 slices of bacon (all fat removed)
- 8 cups (approx 2 litres) of vegetable stock
- 4 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons of mixed herbs
- splash of balsamic vinegar
- splash of Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to season
- fresh chopped Italian parsley
- olive oil spray
- Spray a large saucepan over a medium-high heat with some olive oil spray
- Add the bacon, fry until golden and remove and set aside.
- Add the onion, garlic, celery and carrots and fry for about 5 mins.
- Add the lentils, tomato paste, stock, herbs, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, then cover and simmer for 1 hour.
- Add back in the bacon and continue to simmer for about 20 mins.
- Stir in some chopped Italian parsley and season with salt and black pepper as required.
- Serve and Enjoy!!
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 344Total Fat 4.5gSaturated Fat 1.5gCholesterol 2mgSodium 1273mgCarbohydrates 47.5gFiber 17.8gSugar 9gProtein 29.5g