Spicy Lentil Soup with Bacon

January 4, 2011 § 7 Comments

I started my second cycle of culinary school today and I got a new job (in the right industry) so I am excited, busy and I will keep it brief.

This particular soup was amazing when I made it on Friday, but the leftovers have been even better as the flavors continue to combine and complicate each other! It is a perfect post holiday soup because of the fact that it has great flavor and heartiness but it is also pretty healthy and low in fat due to the vegetables and lentils. Perfect for the new year!It is also great for the cold snap currently occurring in the Portland area; the heat and spice just warms your whole body up! I really LOVE lentil soups, but this is just my favorite lentil soup of all time. A lot of lentil soups taste kind of like bean broth, but this soup has some serious flavor! You can easily make this vegan (and healthier) by omitting the bacon and just using a bit of oil, but I wouldn’t recommend it …

edit, 11/10/11: I revisited this recipe and made some positive changes here

Spicy Lentil Soup with Bacon:
adapted from Lentil Soup with Smoked Paprika and Pancetta at Three Many Cooks
serves 6
– 4 slices bacon, 1/4″-1/2″ dice (the original recipe calls for pancetta)
– 1 onion, 1/4″ dice
– 2 medium carrots, 1/4″ dice
– 1 celery stalk, 1/4″ dice
– 2 tsp cumin
– 2 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 tsp turmeric (my addition)
– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
– 3/4 cup white wine
– 2 quarts stock
– 1 pound green lentils

Cook diced bacon in a heavy bottomed saucepan (dutch oven) over medium heat until it begins to crisp. Deglaze by adding the onions and cook until soft and translucent, then add carrots and celery and cook until soft. Add cumin, paprika, tumeric and cayenne and stir until fragrant. Deglaze with wine. After a few minutes, add broth and lentils and bring to a boil, down to a simmer. Cook until lentils are cooked – just tender. Serve and enjoy! Alternatively, you can puree half or all the soup, but I liked it nice and chunky.

I submitted this to Souper Sundays with Deb from Kahakai Kitchen and the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop


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