Homemade Lentil Soup with Pork and Bacon

20130322-135437.jpgI love soup, I might make a different soup at least once, every week. I also love cooking with pork and bacon, letting it flavor the lentils. Here is my simple soup recipe.

  • 1 pound of lentils or 1 1/2 cups dry lentils
  • 8-10 cups of water or a mixture of stock and water (depending on thickness and taste
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tsbp of olive oil
  • 1 pork tenderloin cutlet, diced small
  • 5 pieces of bacon
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced small
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced small
  • 2 carrot sticks, diced small
  • 1 tbsp Herbs de Provence or Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Cracked salt
  • 1 tsp Cracked Pepper
  1. Use a large stock pot on medium high heat, add  olive oil and garlic, then onion.
  2. Add bacon and pork to the pot and let cook a little.
  3. Sauté for 2 minutes  before adding carrots and celery.
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often before adding the lentils. Mix lentils throughout and coat with flavor from veggies, meat and oil.
  5. After a minute, add water and herbs. Bring to a boil
  6. Reduce heat to medium and cover pot.
  7. Cook for 30-45 minutes until the soup is ready, lentils and vegetables will be soft.
  8. Makes 8-10 portions of soup.
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