Looking through the cupboard, I came across a bag of lentils and decided to use them in soup. The result was a winter warmer packed with flavour. It makes up in taste what it lacks in visual appeal !
Bacon and Lentil Soup
1/2 bag dried lentils, soaked for several hours
300g bacon pieces
2 onions, chopped
1 large leek, chopped
1 Knorr ham stock cube (you could use chicken or beef but the ham ones give it a lovely bacon hit)
1 Knorr herbs stock pot
3tbsp chipotle sauce
herbs and spices of your choice : I added smoked paprika, garlic granules, thyme
Put the bacon in a large pot and fry for a couple of minutes until it starts releasing fat. Add the leeks and onions and cook, stirring every now and then, for 5 minutes.
Stir in the stock pot and the stock cube. Drain the lentils and add to the pot, along with a kettle full of boiling water.
Bring back to the boil and leave to simmer for an hour, stirring from time to time and topping up with water as necessary.
Use a stick blender to reduce to a thick puree and top up with water to the required consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning, add salt and spices to taste.
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