Lentil & bacon soup

Lentil & bacon soup

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 3
Blend your storecupboard pulses with cumin, turmeric and garlic to create this robust soup with crispy pancetta topping

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal493
  • fat19.1g
  • saturates6.6g
  • carbs50.6g
  • sugars7.3g
  • fibre7.7g
  • protein29.5g
  • salt1.6g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 1 onion, diced



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

  • 2 x 70g packs pancetta cubes



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 1 carrot (about 120g), finely diced



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

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 chilli, sliced



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 2 low-salt stock cubes
  • 250g red lentil, rinsed


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, 1 pack of pancetta and the carrot. Cook on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes until the onions are soft.

  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.

  4. Meanwhile, fry the remaining lardons in a small frying pan for about 10 minutes until crispy. You don’t need to add any oil as plenty will run from the pancetta.

  5. Serve the soup with a sprinkle of crispy lardons on top.

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Comments (62)

kdoy2's picture

I've just made this soup and I'm in food heaven! Had to find a recipe with ingredients at had already and this fit the bill, even though the weather's a bit hot for soup! It's delicious! I didn't have any pancetta, so used back bacon instead. I also blitzed it, so my son doesn't try and work out what's in it when he gets home from school :) Delish! :)

hazehappy's picture

really enjoyed this soup and it was quick and tasty

alkaline_fairy's picture

Delicious! Really quick to make as well, which is always a bonus. Omitted chillis, because I didn't have them and it's not at all bland. Love the turmeric colour!

lamchugh's picture

Delicious! Didn't have enough red lentils, so I used 2/3 red and 1/3 green which was great - a bit of bite from the green really worked!

pearlanddean's picture

Just made and had a bowl of this delicious soup for lunch - Oh my word what an absolutely rib sticking soup. This is now my husbands new favourite!

tchadfield's picture

Made this using streaky bacon as that's what I had and it was nice when cooked but even nicer after it had stood for a while - making it again now. I would probably puree for the kids so they couldn't inspect it so much!

vikster67's picture

Love this soup. I used chorizo as thats what was in the fridge. Delicious

debbiebuchan's picture

Loved this soup, so moreish!

dinnertimeagain's picture

This soup is gorgeous and my new favourite! I made it exactly as the recipe says and even my fussy son loved it.

julesthenorweegie's picture

This is such a lovely hearty soup! I made it on a cold Autumn's eve for some friends and myself after having been filming all day! I served it up with cheesy bread and all three was quiet, just enjoying the dish, mopping up all there was to mop up!
I swapped the bacon for some chorizo, which worked a treat! You can see my result on my blog here:

lovemygrub123's picture

I have made many kinds of soup over the years but find this to be the best.
As my wife does not like anything too spicy I reduced the cumin, turmeric and chilli by half. I also added a little extra water near the end to make it thinner.
It is absolutely delicious, full of flavour and ideal for a cold winters day.
Note to make the stock I used 2 x Knorr chicken stock pots.

lovemygrub123's picture

I have made many kinds of soup over the years and find this one the best.
I reduced the cumin, turmeric and chilli by half as my wife does not like anything too spicy. I also added more water near the end to make it a little thinner. The taste was wonderful. It's just the kind of soup to have on a cold winters day, so comforting and warming.
Note I used 2 x Knorr chicken stock pots

rebeccashinn's picture

Delicious - even though I used broth mix as I had no lentils, forgot to precook the pulses so boiled the soup for 10 mins then cooked for 40mins -still tasted great!

ywinrow's picture

5 star ... So easy & was really lovely ... Will definitely be having it again!

jaysimpson's picture

This was one of the best soups l have ever made. Made it for a starter for Christmas Day and have made it nearly every week since. Followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect. Would recommend. Great for a cold winters day!

sozmen's picture

OMG!!!!Delicious!!! I used bacon lower sodium instead of pancetta, apart from that I followed the recipe. Very very tasty and easy. Thnx

atg123's picture

Very tasty. Will be making this again.

vonnie56's picture

Sound lovely will make this soon. thx

lilromimi's picture

This soup is lovely! I didn't use tumeric tho and used streaky smokey bacon rashers instead. Also piled in some dried chilli instead of fresh. Still tastes awesome. Will be making it again ty <3

leebaughan's picture

very easy to make and a really nice soup


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