Creamy lentil & spinach soup with bacon

Creamy lentil & spinach soup with bacon

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4
A smooth, blended soup served with crispy bacon topping - a luxurious and warming bowl of goodness

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal479
  • fat32g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre8g
  • protein18g
  • salt2.2g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 carrot, finely chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 140g green lentil



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 1½ l weak vegetable stock
  • 200g bag baby spinach
  • 4 tbsp double cream, plus a drizzle to serve
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon


  1. Put the oil, onions, carrots and celery in a large saucepan, and cook for about 10 mins to soften.

  2. Stir in the lentils and pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 30-35 mins or until the lentils are soft, topping up with water if the mixture begins to dry out. Pop in the spinach and cook for a few mins more, until wilted. Blitz the soup until smooth, then stir through the cream and season. Keep the soup warm over a low heat.

  3. Heat a little oil in a non-stick pan over a medium heat. Add the bacon and fry until crisp and golden. Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with a little cream and crumble over the crispy bacon.

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Comments (17)

njh123321's picture

I would give this 4 stars as it needed rescuing from being too bland.
After tasting I read other comments and found the addition of a splash of wine, some nutmeg, squeeze of lemon and another veg stock pot made a massive difference resulting in a tasty soup. (And some petit pois)

lizleicester's picture

Good, tasty soup. I didn't add the cream because it had to be dairy free, but the crispy bacon bits on top changed it from being a rather ordinary vegetable soup to a meal in itself.

wizzbang82's picture

Really disappointed by this soup, it has NO flavour at all! I seasoned it heavily, added more stock powder and put in a generous splash of Worcestershire sauce- all to no avail. I did omit the bacon and cream, as I didn't have any- but other commenters had done this and said it was tasty. Maybe I will add some garlic and nutmeg to the rest of the batch to try and rescue it.

teacakepenguin's picture

I was looking for something to use up a whole bag of spinach that was about to go past it's best, and this was a great find. It's very VERY green, the kids have decided it's "frog soup", however they've come back for seconds. I didn't use cream or bacon as I had neither, but I did add some nutmeg after trying it without and it compliments it brilliantly. I automatically used 2 garlic cloves for the base, before I realised they weren't in the recipe, oops!

toniagrinham's picture

Very tasty soup. I used cream cheese instead of cream, which worked very nicely and meant I didn't need to season with salt. And I didn't have any bacon so topped it with a little bit of blue cheese. Next time I think I'd add another couple of cloves of garlic at the beginning.

Patunia's picture

This was a delicious soup which will definitely be cooked on a regular basis from now on! I made a few tweaks though, left out the bacon, swapped double cream for single, added a squeeze of lemon (before the cream) and a small glass of white wine. So yum!

karinann's picture

One of the nicest soups I've made, even fussy son loved it!

sianfording's picture

This is fab! Went vegan and omitted both the cream and the bacon but still delicious - great to make a batch and have for lunch during the week.

jillybonbon's picture

Oops wouldn't let me rate but definitely 5 stars!

jillybonbon's picture

Delicious! I tweaked it a bit, I had some cold cooked gammon left from a joint and added that to the veg and lentils. I used frozen chopped spinach at the end and didn't add cream as it didn't need it and much healthier without. Didn't top with crispy bacon as I had already added the cooked gammon to the soup. I think I will be making this on a regular basis.

jenniedge's picture

This is a fantastic recipe, and by far my favourite soup!

Floral_One's picture

Forgot to rate it!

Floral_One's picture

Very pleased with this soup - though I agree - the bacon is key. I thought the soup was going to be too watery, but actually it seems to have thickened up a fair bit after blending. Next time I would put in slightly less than the suggested amount of water as it's much easier adding it, than taking it away again. Using pre-cut bacon bits, and frozen spinach, makes this a really easy soup to make. I didn't bother with the cream - and to be honest, I don't think this soup needs it. I'll definitely be making this one again :) Yum! PS: My 2 year old loved it too!

danielasimpson's picture

Simply delishous soup. I added garlic to the veg to give it a bit of a zing and grated little nutmeg when i added the spinach as i think they complement each other rather well. I didn't have cream so i added plain yogurt instead. Soup was lovely and creamy even my 2 year old enjoyed it, will definately make it again.

bethocallaghan's picture

Think the bacon really makes it - so take the time to add it to the soup.

larawatkins's picture

It's very green! Just made it without the cream or the bacon as I'm in a rush. Tastes good. Can imagine the bacon compliments it well. Drizzled a little pesto/oil over mine to make up for not having the bacon.
Easy to make.

nickim's picture

Very tasty and very easy to make. We used normal unsmoked bacon that was grilled rather than fried and dried Puy lentils. This will definitely be made again.

Questions (2)

lucyibeson's picture

This is a silly question but for my own peace of mind are the nutritional content amounts (calories, fat, carbs etc) on the bbc good food recipes per portion or for the whole recipie?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there. Nutrition is per serving, unless otherwise stated.

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