Bacon and lentil soup
This is a soup that reminds me very much of home comforts. The recipe is very similar to the one my mum has been using for as far back as I remember. Although very simple and straight forward, it tastes amazing and is packed full of gorgeous flavours. It works well chunky and with its original texture but is also lovely pureed up to a thick and smooth texture – it’s really your preference. Either way though, this is one of my go-to recipes if ever I need some instant comfort and deliciousness.
1tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, sliced
3 large carrots, grated
2 sticks celery, sliced
200g chopped smoked bacon (or lardons)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
2 ham stock cubes
2 litres water
Pepper, to season (you probably wont need any extra salt due to the bacon and stock cubes but you can use your own judgement)
Heat the vegetable oil in a large soup pot and add the chopped bacon, cook until the bacon is starting to go nice and crispy which should take about 5 minutes. At this point ad the chopped onions, stir and cook for another 3-4 minutes before adding the garlic, celery and grated carrot. Keep stirring for a couple of minutes before adding the rinsed lentils, crumbled stock cubes and water. Give everything a final stir before turning down to a medium heat and simmering for 25-30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add pepper to season, remove from the heat and serve.