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

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    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

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    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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vikster67
13th Nov, 2013
5.05
Love this soup. I used chorizo as thats what was in the fridge. Delicious
debbiebuchan
13th Nov, 2013
Loved this soup, so moreish!
dinnertimeagain
4th Nov, 2013
This soup is gorgeous and my new favourite! I made it exactly as the recipe says and even my fussy son loved it.
julesthenorweegie
2nd Nov, 2013
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: http://julesthenorweegie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/lentil-chorizo-soup.html
lovemygrub123
30th Oct, 2013
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
30th Oct, 2013
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
25th Mar, 2013
5.05
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
21st Feb, 2013
5.05
5 star ... So easy & was really lovely ... Will definitely be having it again!
jaysimpson
25th Jan, 2013
5.05
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!
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sozmen
20th Jan, 2013
5.05
OMG!!!!Delicious!!! I used bacon lower sodium instead of pancetta, apart from that I followed the recipe. Very very tasty and easy. Thnx

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