Lentil Soup with BACON!

Bacon. I have fallen in love with bacon.

I go through these spells where I crave a certain thing all the time- one month it was sushi, one month it was soy sauce (gluten-free, of course!), another was cookies, now it is bacon. No worries, I am not pregnant. As long as I can remember, I have had these rotating cravings. Does anyone else have that? For example, I am craving eggs and ketchup at this very moment. Don’t knock it till you try it!

I am so glad to finally have my camera USB cord back! I left it in Jackson Hole and it is now back and safe in my desk drawer. I have whined about it the past few days on twitter – about my lack of cord=lack of loading pictures to my laptop.

This recipe is as simple as it gets- full of flavor and soul-soothing. Perfect for our cold Texas weather right now.

Lentil Soup

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Ingredients:

2 celery stalks, with leaves, diced

2 large carrots, sliced in small circles

1 red onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 russet potatoes, diced- or 5-6 small red potatoes, diced

2 tomatoes, sliced in half

1 lb. lentils

1/2 lb. bacon, sliced into bite size pieces (*Note, if you are vegetarian, drop the bacon for olive oil)

Red wine

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 tablespoon marjoram

1 tablespoon thyme

2 pinches cayenne pepper

salt

pepper

2 boxes chicken stock, or 8 cups homemade stock

Instructions:

Pre-heat a large dutch oven (at least 5 quarts) on medium heat

Saute the sliced bacon in dutch oven until crispy, keep fat at the bottom of pan

Add all vegetables, except garlic, into pan and sauté in bacon fat until tender (about 10 minutes)

Move the tender vegetables aside-Pour 1/4 cup, of a good quality red wine to the bottom of the pan and scrape up all the delicious brown bits. (The brown bits on the bottom of the pan=flavor!)

At this time, also add the garlic. Saute for a couple minutes

Add in lentils, chicken stock and seasonings

Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally (this would also work in a crock pot, on low for 6-8 hours)

Adjust salt and pepper seasoning accordingly

Serves: 5, with leftovers!

*A note about this recipe:

If you are vegetarian, cut out the bacon. Saute the vegetables in olive oil instead of bacon fat. It turns out just as tasty! Also, once you crack open the bottle of wine to de-glaze the pan- you might as well finish it :)

Comments

  1. Bacon, it’s the gateway meat.
    I’m going to have to use this for one of my crock-pot days. Sounds yum!

  2. Just FYI the new Sprouts at 183 and Great Hills is having a 25% off all gluten free products until the 20th. Not a bad deal some of that stuff can get pricey. Enjoy.

  3. tastyeatsathome says:

    Oh yum! Love that soup. And yes, bacon is so wonderful to cook with – I’m not a huge fan of just chomping down on bacon, but put a little in a soup like this? I’m sold.

  4. Oh, yes.

    In the past year, I have had weeks of cravings for:

    mustard

    pancakes

    peanuts (especially homemade peanut pesto)

    fried chicken tenders

    vegan macaroni and cheese from Wheatsville

    lemon (currently)

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