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This wonderful spiced red lentil and bacon soup certainly has a kick to it! Alongside that there’s a very smokey flavour coming from the bacon and smoked paprika – added to the spices it really balances the flavour out.
It has a pretty smooth texture which comes from a lovely, creamy thickness as a result of the lentils. This soup really is THE PERFECT SOLUTION to warm you up in the colder months!
We’ve been having a shop bought version of this soup for a while now and it’s been a favourite of mine and Dean’s, so I wanted to make my own. Dean was out for the morning and I wanted to surprise him by making it for lunch. He loved it and told me that the homemade version is a million times better than the shop bought one!
The best thing about homemade soups is how simple it is to make and this one is no exception. It’s the first time I’ve used lentils in a soup and it worked really, giving it extra depth and thickness. The soup is not completely smooth but it’s definitely not a chunky soup, somewhere in between.
The lentils give it a really nice creamy texture and it also has magic abilities to keep you feeling fuller for longer. As well my new favourite soup being easy to make and tasting delicious it is also very cheap to make, if you make a big batch you’ll definitely want a second helping!
My parents popped round just as I had finished making the soup, they both said that something smelt amazing and then mum saw the large garlic croutons I’d made to go with it. She then made me well aware that she would like to try some!
I cut them up so we could all have a try and before I could even get the bowls and spoons out they were dipping the large garlic croutons in the saucepan! 😂 They both really loved it, so much so that Dean and I couldn’t get a look in! 😮
Dad said it would make a really good curry sauce with chicken in it and lots of naan bread to mop up the sauce. Then mum proceeded to invite themselves round for a curry! Which is fine by us as we love making them.
TIP: Go easy on seasoning with salt. I was really surprised that I didn’t have to add any more salt at the end, the celery salt worked really well (along with the salty bacon). I’m definitely going to try it in other recipes too.
What’s your favourite soup? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!