Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Red Lentil, Bacon & Sweet Potato Soup

A nourishing soup on a cold Winter's night, served with toasted sandwiches or some fresh bread and butter, is a simple and warming meal. 

 Soup & Sandwiches

This particular soup is a firm favourite here. It is quick and easy to make from simple and wholesome ingredients. It tastes delicious and freezes well. My recipe is an adaptation on this one for a Lower GI Ham and Red Lentil Soup.

Red Lentil, Bacon & Sweet Potato Soup

2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 brown onion, peeled and chopped
3-4 rashers bacon, trimmed and diced
3 stalks celery, washed and chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
1.5 Litres vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
500mLs water
1 & 1/4 cups of red lentils, rinsed and drained
black pepper 

1.  Heat oil in a heavy-based soup pot over medium heat.

2.  Add crushed garlic, onion & bacon to the pot and fry lightly until onion is soft. Stir often.

3.  Add celery and carrot to the pot and cook for few more minutes stirring regularly.

4.  Add stock and water to the pot. Bring to the boil at higher temperature and then reduce 
     heat to medium again.

5.  Add red lentils and sweet potato and simmer (turning heat down if you need to) until 
     lentils and sweet potato are tender.

6.  Season with a little freshly ground black pepper to taste.

7.  Garnish with finely chopped parsley if you wish & serve with fresh bread and butter or 
     perhaps some toasted sandwiches.

When it is cold or frosty outside, a bowl of homemade soup is something to look forward to. I find that the warmth of that soup not only fills our tummies but reminds us too what it is to be safe and warm inside on a cold night. 

 Do you have a favourite Winter soup that you make often for your family?



  1. Soup really does warm up those insides. I love having it in a mug and warming my hands at the same time.
    I'm making a roasted pumpkin soup tomorrow, It's simply a whole pumpkin roasted and then puréed.
    Favourite here would have to be pea and ham soup as long as it is thick and has big chunks of meat.

  2. Roasted pumpkin soup sounds delicious, Kylie. We have pumpkin soup here often and pea and ham soup is one of my favourites too. Meg:)

  3. I just ate some home made soup for lunch....tomorrow night we are having the Chicken & Corn Noodle soup for dinner after footy training.

    1. I have got to try your chicken and corn soup, Kathy. I'm sure it's delicious. Meg:)

  4. Mmm, soup, divine. This one sounds just perfect. It has really turned cold with the westerly winds, hasn't it? Perfect weather for heart warming soup.

    1. Yes, those winds are very chilly! Real soup weather! Meg:)