Bacon, vegetable and red lentil soup
SERVES 4 PREP + COOK TIME 30 MINUTES
1 tablespoon olive oil
400g mixed diced fresh vegetables (we used carrot, onion and celery)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 rindless bacon slices (195g), chopped finely
1 cup (200g) red lentils
1 litre (4 cups) salt-reduced chicken stock
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped chives
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon
1 Heat oil in a large saucepan over high heat; add vegetables, garlic and bacon, stirring until vegetables soften. Add lentils and stock; bring to the boil, simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until lentils are tender and soup has thickened.
2 Serve soup sprinkled with herbs. Accompany with fresh crusty bread rolls, if you like.