Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Lentil Bacon Soup

With its fusion of smoky, savory flavors and hearty ingredients, this Gourmet Thick Lentil Bacon Soup delivers a comforting culinary experience that's perfect for any time of the year. It's a delicious reminder of the power of simple ingredients to create something truly special.

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Indulge in the robust, smoky flavors of this Gourmet Thick Lentil Bacon Soup, perfectly complemented by hearty potatoes. It’s a heartwarming feast in a bowl, designed to comfort and satisfy in equal measure.

Approximate Preparation Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients (for four people)

  • 200 grams of dry lentils
  • 150 grams of bacon, diced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 2 liters of chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

Method to Prepare in Steps

  1. Rinse the lentils under cold water, drain, and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon, sautéing until it is crispy and releases its oils.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, and carrot to the pot, cooking until the vegetables have softened and the onion becomes translucent.
  4. Stir in the potatoes and smoked paprika, ensuring everything is well mixed.
  5. Add the lentils and broth, bringing the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow the soup to simmer for around 45-50 minutes until the lentils and potatoes are tender.
  6. Once cooked, use a hand blender to partially blend the soup, creating a thicker texture while leaving some whole lentils, potato chunks, and bits of meat.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to your preference, then garnish with fresh parsley just before serving.

Tips and Tricks

  • The choice of bacon is essential, as its flavor will permeate the soup. Opt for a smoky, high-quality variety for the best results.
  • A smoky taste can be achieved by adding smoked paprika powder.
  • If the soup becomes too thick upon cooling, add broth to reach your desired consistency and briefly boil it.

Alternative Preparation Suggestions

  • For a vegetarian version, omit the bacon and add a teaspoon of smoked paprika for the smoky flavor. You can add vegetables such as zucchini or bell peppers for additional texture.
  • If you prefer a creamier soup, blend the entire soup until smooth, then add a splash of cream before serving.
  • Alternatively, you can add one small potato to make the taste creamier.
  • Check out the Lentil Chorizo Soup recipe, or more hearty and wintery Lentil Delight with Meat and Potatoes

Storage Suggestions

Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, thaw if necessary, and then reheat gently on the stovetop or microwave.

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