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Allthough I enjoyed this soup, I thought it was a tad heavy on the balsamic vinegar....enough for me to add about 1 cup more water to thin it down. I did add 1/2 a package of frozen spinach, as I had it sitting in my fridge, needing to be used up. I would do this recipe again!! Thanks for posting!!

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Abby Girl February 11, 2010

An excellent, hearty soup! I didn't have bacon but recreated some of the smoky flavor from minced chiptoles. I also didn't have the white wine. Still, this is a very satisfying soup, feels more like a stew. I have a feeling it will be even better tomorrow. Thanks for posting!

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LaJuneBug June 20, 2009

Agree, too much balsamic vinegar. Start with a half teaspoon, add another half (or quarter) if you think it's necessary. Easy recipe, quick if you use French Lentils. Common green or grey lentils will need two or three times as much simmering time., depending on how old they are. Very stew-like, hearty, no distinctive taste, but very welcome on a cold day.

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jim, jim March 26, 2015
Cook's Illustrated Hearty Lentil Soup