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Found a similar recipe for lentil soup and decided to add bacon lardons to it. This hearty lentil soup is a perfect winter warmer.

Northamptonshire, England, UK

26 people made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 200g bacon lardons
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chilli, diced and deseeded
  • 190g red lentils
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • soured cream (optional)
  • crusty roll (optional)

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:25min ›Ready in:30min

  1. Heat up olive oil in sauce pan. Fry off onions until they start to turn brown. Add bacon lardons and fry off with onions until they are nearly cooked.
  2. Add the chilli, red lentils, tomatoes, water, cumin and basil, and keep stirring. Once the soup starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes. Add more water to the soup if you feel its too thick, but this may reduce the taste later.
  3. Once the soup is to your satisfaction, season it and stir it in. Then use a hand blender or food mixer to smooth the soup to your desired consistency (whether you require a thick hearty soup, or a thin smooth soup).
  4. Serve the soup with a crusty roll and a dollop of soured cream on the soup.

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For the vegetables

  • 100g/3½oz toor dal (yellow split pigeon peas), well rinsed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 100g/3½oz carrots, cut into 2cm/¾in chunks
  • 100g/3½oz pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2cm/¾in chunks
  • 100g/3½oz green beans, cut into 2cm/¾in lengths
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 1½ tsp salt

For the masala

  • 50ml/2fl oz vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 4 dried Kashmiri chillies with seeds
  • handful fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tsp asafoetida

For the tarka

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Some people may say bacon is not healthy - but a small amount of fat is good for you in my view and this is still a very healthy recipe but you can reduce the amount of bacon if you want to be super careful.

For a spicy flavour - add a tsp of curry powder after Step 1 before Step 2 - exclude basil if using curry.

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Recipe Summary

  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can pinto beans
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium apple, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup red wine
  • salt and pepper to taste

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, coarsely chop, and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and saute white onion and garlic 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Stir in beef stock, pinto beans, tomatoes, celery, and bay leaf. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the apple in the red wine until soft.

Mix bacon, apple, and remaining red wine into the soup mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally until well blended.

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Spicy lentil soup recipe

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large brown onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
500g sebago potatoes, peeled, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
2 celery stalks, trimmed, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon madras curry paste
1 litre chicken stock
1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed
Coriander leaves, to serve


Step 1
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion has softened. Add carrot, celery, tomato and potato. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.

Step 2
Add stock. Season with pepper. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until potato is tender. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Add lentils.

Step 3
Blend, in batches, until smooth. Serve topped with coriander.

You could replace chicken stock with beef, vegetable or salt-reduced stock.

Serve soup topped with fresh herbs, chilli flakes, pure cream, sour cream, croutons or cooked chopped bacon.

Serve soup with crusty bread, bread rolls or pappadums.

To blend soup, use a stick blender, jug blender or food processor.

Freezer tip: This soup is suitable to freeze after blending. Freeze flat in a snap-lock bag or spoon into an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Continue recipe, adding extra stock if necessary.

Super Food Ideas - August 2009 , Page 48
Recipe by Kim Coverdale
Photography by Mark O'Meara

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