Lentil & bacon soup

Lentil & bacon soup

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(76 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 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
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 2 x 70g packs pancetta cubes
    Pancetta

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

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

  • 1 carrot (about 120g), finely diced
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

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

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric

    term-er-ik

    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 chilli, sliced
    Chillies

    Chilli

    chill-ee

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

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

Method

  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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Butterfly92xo
13th Nov, 2014
Wow! What a stunning dish. I added 2 vegetable stock cubes, ginger, smokey bacon and half tin chopped tomatoes and it tastes devine! I also had it with rice as my partner has lentils with rice and even he complimented on it. Definitely becoming a regular! I also didn't blitz it as I love the chunky carrot and the bite from the lentils :)
rallerton
13th Nov, 2014
5.05
Made this for the first time last night and it was so quick and easy that I will use this recipe for Christmas Day Dinner. Full of flavour, easily serves three.
kjarvo
2nd Oct, 2014
I've made this several times now without the spices and with bacon instead of the pancetta. I have also added celery too. However, the calories work out a lot less than 493 per serving, but I think I add more water. It is quite thick.
dwatson27
30th Jul, 2014
Made this for lunch. So easy and very tasty. 5 stars
kdoy2
1st Jul, 2014
5.05
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
27th Jan, 2014
5.05
really enjoyed this soup and it was quick and tasty
alkaline_fairy
4th Jan, 2014
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
24th Nov, 2013
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
24th Nov, 2013
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
20th Nov, 2013
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!

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