Emeril's Bacon Lentils

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

I came across this on the Food Network. I was on a quest to do something with a bag of lentils a neighbor gave me. I didn't know what they were and didn't know how to prepare them. I lightened up the orig. recipe that called for bacon slices and use bouillion instead of stock to fit my own needs. This is an excellent recipe. You must try these!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat large soup pot over med high heat with oil.
  2. Add onions, celery, and carrots.
  3. Cook until the veggies sweat a little and become tender.
  4. Add bacon bits, bay leaves, and lentils.
  5. Cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly to not burn the bacon.
  6. Add the water and boillion cubes.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Most Helpful

I also used center cut bacon that I'd precooked and chopped. This needed a good amount more liquid and cooking time to soften enough, but tasted great, DH loved it! Thanks.

yogiclarebear November 19, 2010

Really good. Instead of bacon bits, I used 4 slices of center cut bacon, diced, and so I browned it crisp first, then used that to do the onions, etc. Also, used 2 cans chicken broth and 3 cups water/chicken boullion, and added 1 - 2 tsp of thyme. Cooked lentils about 40 min because we like them soft. I've made this twice and it's outstanding - DH said it's the best lentils we've ever cooked - and the leftovers are good, too - zap nicely in the microwave. Served with corn bread - delicious. Thanks!

moosehead January 30, 2010

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