Red Lentil Soup Recipe for a Rainy Day
Sometimes good recipes happen by accident as this one did last night. I had some leftover bacon from breakfast and decided to make Savory Split Pea soup from the Kula Mama website. However, when I went searching for split peas in the pantry I came out with red lentils instead. Bacon and lentils should go together, right? Martha Stewart seems to think so because when I googled “bacon” and “red lentils” I came upon a quick and easy recipe from the Martha website. I’m not one to argue with a culinary master so I decided to give it a shot.
I dared to make a few changes here and there (I know, how could I?!! It’s Martha Stewart!!!). What can I say?
I like to live on the edge.
In the kitchen.
Kula Baby isn’t wild about chunks of onion in his soups so I decided to blend up the onion, carrots and garlic to make a yummy veggie base. Then I added the lentils, broth, sage, spices and bacon. The result was surprisingly creamy and good.
- 4 slices pasture-raised organic bacon
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 small sweet onion chopped
- 4 carrots chopped
- 1 1/2 cup red lentils
- 5-7 sage chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 5 cups chicken broth
- sea salt
In a large saucepan, heat a small amount of oil and cook bacon until done (about 3-5 minutes). Set bacon on paper towel and remove most of the oil from the pan. You can leave about 1 tablespoon for flavor.
Using the bacon/oil in the pan, saute onion, garlic and carrots for 5 minutes until tender.
Place cooked onions, garlic and carrots in blender or food processor and blend with a little chicken broth until smooth. Return mixture to pan.
Add sage, lentils, spices and bacon to pan and simmer until lentils are tender (about 20 minutes).
I added a cup of cooked brown rice to the soup and made it into a full meal for Kula Baby at dinner. He loves eating rice which means he also loves soup with rice.
I get hungry just reading the recipe.
We can’t wait to start trying some of your yuumy KM recipes!! Ellie is loving solids. Guess I’ll have to take my sweaters out of the oven.