Make this simple, nourishing broth that can be used as a starter, main course or quick snack.


  • 1 carrot
  • 1 leek
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1/2 medium sized onion
  • 150 g red lentils
  • 4 rashers of bacon
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 0.75 l vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red chilli flakes
  • seasoning


  • Chop bacon into even sized pieces and quickly fry off in a large saucepan.
  • Dice all of the vegetables into bite size pieces.
  • Add the vegetables to the pot and cook until the leeks, onions etc begin to soften.
  • Next, you should add the crushed chilli flakes, the chopped tomatoes and the vegetable stock.
  • Allow the mixture to cook - the carrots will take the longest so that will be a good indication to you.
  • You can adjust the consistency of the soup depending on how thick you like it.
  • The lentils will thicken the soup considerably.
  • Ladle the soup into hot serving bowls and enjoy the delicious yet substantial broth.
  • Bon Appetit!


This soup is hearty and nourishing and very quick and easy to make. It is more than suitable to serve as a main course as it has all of the requirements for a balanced meal. Similar to a stew or casserole this broth is wonderful on the next day!

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