Bacon and Lentil Soup

    Bacon and Lentil Soup


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    About this recipe: A super-hearty winter soup. Lentils are simmered with bacon, onions, celery, carrots and potatoes in a beef soup base. Enjoy with thick wodges of crusty bread, if desired.

    Makes: 10 - 12 servings

    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 5 rashers streaky bacon, cut into small pieces
    • 125g chopped carrots
    • 160g chopped onions
    • 125g chopped celery
    • 100g plain flour
    • 3.5 litres water
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 190g dry lentils
    • 2 cubes beef stock
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 1 pinch ground white pepper
    • 150g potatoes, diced

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:3hr20min  ›  Ready in:3hr45min 

    1. In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the oil, bacon, carrots, onions and celery. Saute for 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Stir in the flour until it's dissolved and mixture is pasty.
    2. Slowly add the water, stirring constantly. Then add the bay leaves, salt, lentils, beef stock cubes, thyme, nutmeg, white pepper and potatoes. Stir all together well, bring just to the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours.

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