Bacon and Lentil soup is the perfect comfort soup. Lentils are a fantastic way to turn a soup into a filling meal, they create a lovely thick texture which makes me feel like I am consuming something substantial. And of course bacon just makes everything perfect.
I used split red lentils in this soup, which only needed rinsing prior to use, no need for soaking.
I used 4 rashers of smoky bacon, I trimmed the fat off and cut each rasher up into small chunks so I could easily saute them in the soup maker. If your soup maker doesn’t have a saute function you will need to fry them up separately on the hob.
I sauteed the onion and bacon together (oh the smell!) and then switched that function off and added everything else in. I gave the ingredients all a great stir to make sure they were well mixed and there were no bits stuck to the bottom. Then I set it off on smooth. And that’s it! A super quick prep time, less than 20 minutes in the soup maker, and then I have the perfectly filling soup for my lunch!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 rashers bacon, fat removed, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 200 g split red lentils, rinsed
- 1 medium potato, chopped
- 1 small carrot, chopped
- 1 litre chicken stock
- If your soup maker has a sauté function, heat the oil and cook the onions and bacon. If your soup maker doesn't have sauté then you can do this bit in a pan on the hob.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and give it a good stir to make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom.
- Set the soup maker off on smooth.