This is a ‘use what you have’ kind of soup. The ingredients can be switched with what you have available and of course, leave out the bacon and use vegetable stock if you are not eating meat.
Ingredients (don’t need to be exact):
tblsp olive oil
1 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
2 sticks celery (chopped)
2 carrots (scrubbed and chopped)
1 red pepper (de-seeded and chopped)
4-6 slices lean bacon (chopped)
A couple of handfuls of dried red lentils (rinsed)
sprinkle of dried chilli flakes (to taste)
750ml vegetable or chicken stock
Heat the oil and add the chopped vegetables until they start to soften.
Turn up the heat and add the bacon – stir until it looks cooked through and starting to brown.
Add the lentils and chilli flakes and stir through for about a minute.
Add the stock , simmer for 15 – 20 mins until the lentils are soft.
Serve and enjoy!