Smoked Bacon and Lentil Soup

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

This hearty and satisfying soup takes the chill off of any wintry evening. I like to serve it with Tabasco sauce on the side but if you want less heat, a few drops of vinegar will work nicely. Serve with lots of warm crusty bread. Recipe originally to be found in Delia Smith's "Complete Cookery Course" and her "Complete Illustrated Cookery Course".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot and fry the bacon until the fat begins to run.
  2. Add carrots, onion, celery and cook over high heat and stirring as needed until the edges of the vegetables begin to brown.
  3. Add lentils, tomatoes, garlic and stock.
  4. When this comes to a boil, put the lid on and reduce heat, allowing to simmer as gently as possible.
  5. Simmer for 45 minutes, then add the cabbage.
  6. Cook an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
  8. Stir in parsley, and serve immediately.
Most Helpful

Made this with fresh crusty baguettes. A very hearty soup. I used a can of spicy diced tomatoes and also added some spiced heat.

HesterX April 12, 2005

We liked this Lentil Soup a lot. To spice it up a little I used a can of Rotel instead of the diced tomatoes and added a little hot sauce to the final soup. Loved the cabbage. Thanks for posting.

~Nimz~ January 04, 2005

A good and different variation for Lentil Soup! I really liked the addition of the cabbage but wished I added some hot sauce to the soup. Thanks for sharing!

ellie_ December 19, 2004