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Lentil and Bacon Soup

Easy, hearty, yummy, comfort food.

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Ingredients

  • about 300 g green or brown lentils

  • olive oil

  • 1 bacon hock or a few smoked bacon ribs

  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped

  • 1 red chilli (or more to taste) chopped

  • 2 - 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 stick celery, chopped

  • 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 tin diced tomatoes

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 - 3 litres home made chicken stock

  • handful fresh basil leaves

  • freshly ground salt and pepper

Method

  • 1.

    Heat olive oil in large heavy based pan. Fry onion, celery, garlic and chilli for about 5 mins over a gentle heat until softened

  • 2.

    Add tomato paste and cook for about 2 - 3 minutes

  • 3.

    Add lentils and stir well to coat in tomato mixture

  • 4.

    Add fresh tomatoes and cook for about 2 - 4 minutes

  • 5.

    Add bacon hock or ribs, tinned tomatoes, bay leaves and stock and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for about 2 hours, stirring from time to time. Can be cooked less but I find the longer you simmer the richer the flavour.

  • 6.

    Finish by scattering fresh basil leaves, season to taste and serve with hot, crusty bread.

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