Lentil & bacon soup

I have posted about this before but I hadn’t realized how the recipe had changed or evolved until just now. As well as this we always assume everyone understands how we cut up an onion or prepare a carrot. This recipe is an easy cook for a novice in the kitchen and gives a hearty, healthy meal. You can add other vegetables as well. A great way to hide veg from the children so they get more than they think. If it’s a real problem you can always puree the soup once it’s cooked and then they will never know.

  • 3 carrots
  • half a swede
  • 2 onions
  • an ounce of butter
  • chicken stockcube
  • 4 rashers of bacon (using smoky just now but it’s up to you)
  • 200g red lentils
  • tin of chopped tomatoes

For those more experienced cooks peel and then chop the veg into smallish pieces to help them cook easily, chop the bacon up into bite sized bits and skip to method


Before you start cooking

Chop you onion into cubes. The easiest and least cheffy way of doing this is to take of the outer skin. Chop off the ends and discard them along with the peel. Chop your onion into manageable rings and then chop each ring  fist length-ways and then turn the chopping board and chop at right angles to give you smallish pieces of onion.

Peel your carrots and slice discarding the top, bottom and peel. The carrot slices should be quite then about a couple of mm thick – but don’t get too hung up on this after all it’s you who are eating it.

Peel the swede with a potato peeler and treat in much the same way as the onion. I like to have cubes less than a centimeter in size as they need to cook through along with the lentils.

Chop the rashers of bacon into pieces about 2 cm long by 1 cm wide – very roughly

weigh out the lentils


Fill the kettle with water

Gently heat a big saucepan with the butter in until it has melted. Just sizzling is good and then add the onion. Fry this for a minute or two and then the other vegetables along with the bacon.

Give it all a good stir and let it gently sizzle for about 5 minutes stirring every now and then. Nothing should brown

Add the lentils and stir gently for a couple of minutes.

Pour in the tomatoes and then put the kettle on. Once boiled put the stock cube in a measuring jug and add 1 liter of water.Give this a stir then add to your saucepan.

Gently simmer until the lentils have broken down and the veg are fully cooked.

A proper healthy meal in one pot


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