Lentil & bacon soup

Lentil & bacon soup

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(86 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

    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



    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



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

  • 2 low-salt stock cubes
  • 250g red lentils, 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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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!
13th Nov, 2013
Love this soup. I used chorizo as thats what was in the fridge. Delicious
13th Nov, 2013
Loved this soup, so moreish!
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.
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
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.
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
25th Mar, 2013
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!
21st Feb, 2013
5 star ... So easy & was really lovely ... Will definitely be having it again!
25th Jan, 2013
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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