Bacon and Lentil Soup

    Bacon and Lentil Soup

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    A lovely nutritious soup which is quite quick to prepare because lentils do not require soaking. Sometimes I add a little grated ginger for heat.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 6 

    • 2 cups green or brown lentils
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 3 allspice berries
    • 300g smoked bacon, diced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely diced
    • 250g carrots, sliced
    • 1 tin diced tomatoes
    • 4 handfuls fresh spinach (optional)
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
    • 2 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

    Directions
    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Rinse the lentils and place in a saucepan. Cover with water, add bay leaves and allspice and simmer until tender.
    2. Fry the diced bacon in olive oil. Add the onion and fry until translucent, then add carrots and saute until soft.
    3. Add the bacon mix to the lentils and simmer. Add the tinned tomatoes and spinach and cook until wilted. Season with the spices and simmer a few more minutes until flavours have blended.

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