Kale, Lentil and Bacon Soup

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Author Notes: A super cosy, warming yet fresh and healthy soup if ever there was one. Earthy lentils, verdant, good for you kale and a little salty hit of bacon. So good. As ever, I feel a splash of dry sherry enhances a veg based soup but it is up to you. This depends on some good stock, I don't always make my own but ensure I buy a quality one. I used chicken stock for this but you could use a vegetarian stock and omit the bacon to make this vegan.
Anna May

Serves 2 generously

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 splash dry sherry (optional)
  • 1 liter stock (chicken or veg, see intro)
  • 100g kale, chopped
  • A sprigs thyme, leaves picked
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon chopped
  • 100g puy lentils
  1. Saute the bacon and onion in the oil until soft. Add the lentils, give it a good stir then pour in the sherry. Let it sizzle briefly then pour in the stock and cook until the lentils are done.
  2. Stir in the kale and thyme leaves and cook for a minute or two until the kale is just wilted. Serve with crusty bread.
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10 months ago Jennifer

I doubled the recipe and It was salty to the point of nearly being inedible. The problem may have been that I only had half the needed amount of broth and used bouillon for the other half.


10 months ago Anna May

Hi Jennifer, sorry to hear that but can't understand why. As long as the stock is diluted correctly according to the pack or not overly salty if fresh and as long as the soup isn't reduced for a long time there is no reason for this to happen. There is no added seasoning either and only a small amount of bacon so I really can't understand it. I hope you will try it again though.


over 1 year ago Desert Dryad

Lentils aren't listed as an ingredient. How many do you use?


over 1 year ago Anna May

I'm so sorry - you are right, I don't know how that happened between me typing it up, checking it and pressing publish. I will sort it out but meanwhile it was 100g puy lentils and 4 rashers of bacon!