RECIPES

Lentil and bacon soup

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Lentil and bacon soup

A tasty and filling lentil and bacon soup that takes just 20 minutes from start to finish. Make and freeze in portions to take to work.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the bacon, onion and red pepper. Cook on a low heat for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables have started to soften.

  2. Boil a kettle and use this to make your stock – or if using fresh stock, bring it to the boil in a separate saucepan while the vegetables are cooking.

  3. Add the sweet potato, garlic and lentils to the bacon and vegetables. Stir for a minute, then pour over the just-boiled stock and add the herbs.

  4. Season with salt and pepper. Return to the boil – this should be more or less instant – then turn down to a medium heat, cover, and cook for between 15-20 minutes, or until the red lentils are tender.

  5. Remove the herbs. Blend using a hand-blender if preferred – or you can leave the soup as is. Serve.

Recipe Tips

If you add cold stock rather than just-boiled stock, it will add around 5 minutes to the cooking time.