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Lentil and bacon soup

 
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Tay



Joined: 08 Oct 2006
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Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 09 8:51 am    Post subject: Lentil and bacon soup  Reply with quote    



Ingredients


  • 1 large chopped onion

  • 1 small leek

  • 1 large diced carrot

  • 1 medium diced potato

  • 2 crushed garlic cloves

  • 50g butter

  • 4 rashers of back bacon/half a packet of lardons

  • 200g red lentils

  • Chicken or vegetable stock

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin

  • Salt and pepper




Recipe


  1. Heat pan, add butter until melted.

  2. Add the bacon and carrot, then the onion, leek and finally the potato and garlic. Keep frying until the root vegetables are softened.

  3. Add the lentils and stir until they are coated with butter/bacon fat.

  4. Add the stock, cumin, bay leaf, salt and pepper and stir well.

  5. Simmer for around 20 minutes, or until the lentils have cooked through properly.




Comments

This should give 4 good sized portions. You may wish to make more as you will want seconds, and possibly thirds!
Good with crusty bread.

Jamanda
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 12 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just about to make this, only with home made pancetta rather than bacon. Should be nice and comforting.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 12 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just what you need on a chilly, blustery rainy day like today.

starjump



Joined: 03 Feb 2009
Posts: 196
Location: East London
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 12 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Love lentil soup, and this looks delicious. Can I suggest a squeeze of fresh lemon juice stirred into each bowl on serving? Its my favourite fix!

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10490
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 12 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds lovely and guess who has chicken stock waiting to be turned into soup

oldish chris



Joined: 14 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 12 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

May I suggest a modified version: delete stock and bacon. Add: cook smoked gammon, boil (blah blah blah), have a nice dinner, reserve the water and use it to replace the deletions.

This will give a substantial meal at the cost of a few lentils.

starjump



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Location: East London
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 12 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Especially nice if you cook the gammon in cider/apple juice and water - the resulting stock makes fantastic soup with lentils or split peas.

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 12 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

starjump wrote:
Especially nice if you cook the gammon in cider/apple juice and water - the resulting stock makes fantastic soup with lentils or split peas.
bit more info required - sounds like a brill idea.

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