Lentil & bacon soup

Lentil & bacon soup

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(52 ratings)

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

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    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)

shell-mcmillan's picture

Great winter soup! Has a nice kick to it!

lisawyness's picture

made this tonight without the onions and spices (oh is allagric to spices and onions) and this went down a treat between him and the kids. will be making it again soon :)

tailz06's picture

Brilliant recipe, and for all the people who are complaining "wheres the bacon" Pancetta is from the belly of a pig, if you cant get Pancetta use smoked streaky bacon.

chaz09's picture

love this soup! great recipe and think it will be a regular round this place :) x

omfmcmahon's picture

A classic recipe!

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c10udy's picture

Brilliant and easy to cook, I would recommend this to any cook beginner or intermediate.

bigjohn9's picture

brill soup,used 2 tsp bouillon powder
Second mix in two weeks!!

soph286's picture

Amazing and so happy that I was able to convince the boys that lentils are a good thing! Ended up making it twice in a week due to demand. I added a tsp of mustard seeds with the cumin&turmeric just because I like them, tasted great! (Ran out of veg stock so had to use chicken for some...not as nice) Thanks for the recipe!

moodywoman's picture

goodbye tinned soup! this was so easy and delicious,i am going to try some other soups from the site now

lsdonoghue's picture

Ps I used streaky pancetta instead.

lsdonoghue's picture

Yum! Doubled quantity! Husband and I loved it! I will be making it again!

meroberts88's picture

@Salb1990 would be fine to omit chilli (in my opinion) maybe add more cumin than suggested or sprinkle black pepper on top as a milder substitute? :)

annemct's picture

Made double the amount given this this evening really tasty. Used chopped back bacon instead of pancetta as I find them too fatty. Definitely make again!

annemct's picture

Can you make this a day before eating and would it be ok for a starter at dinner party? thanks

salb1990's picture

I can't handle spicy food at all so would it be ok to omit the chillies from this recipe or would it be very bland???

dylanc1981's picture

Quick, cheap and tasty. Added half a leek instead of the onion. Absolutely gorgeous

peeriebreeks's picture

Easy, tasty and filling.

joannek9004's picture

Have had lentils in my cupboard for ages and didn't know what to do with them....Now I do!!! This is a fantastic soup, really tasty and filling with enough leftover for tomorrow..or later! Excellent, I will be making again :)

oopla69's picture

Very easy, very tasty and very hearty. I added 2 chillies and there seeds and it gave it a nice gentle kick.


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