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Smokey bacon, carrot & lentil soup

Soup season is back! Here’s my smokey bacon, carrot and lentil number. It’s tasty, I can tell you that much. And prepared with very few ingredients, making it a perfect quick and easy weeknight supper as the nights start drawing in sooner. The clocks went back over the weekend so I need all the comfort I can get!

The lentils make it more filling than a soup of just veg, but a good chunk of freshly baked bread will always be welcome on the side. I had some leftover sourdough at the time, way past its best self but just perfect for crispy croutons. Sourdough croutons on top of the soup with a good grating of cheddar, popped under the grill until the cheese is bubbling and melted. It was everything I needed, I hope it’s a comfort for you too.

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Recipe for smokey bacon, carrot & lentil soup

Ingredients

4 Servings
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, finely sliced
  • 140g red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 600g carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1-litre vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Method

  1. Dry toast the cumin seeds and chilli flakes over a medium heat for 1 - 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the bacon, carrots and onions to cook over a medium heat for 7 - 10 minutes until the vegetables are softened.
  3. Add the lentils, tomato puree and spices, stir to coat over the other ingredients in the pan. Add the stock, stir again and bring to a simmer for 20 minutes until the lentils are cooked and carrots tender.
  4. Blitz or keep chunky and season to taste, being mindful of salt as the bacon will already be seasoning the soup aplenty.