less than 30 mins
10 to 30 mins
A tasty and filling soup that takes just 20 minutes from start to finish. Make and freeze in portions to take to work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remove the herbs. Blend using a hand-blender if preferred – or you can leave the soup as is. Serve.
If you add cold stock rather than just-boiled stock, it will add around 5 minutes to the cooking time.
By Mary Berry
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