For those of you who are new to this blog, Saturday is the day I set aside to post recipes and food ideas that are healthy, healthy, healthy. You might be wondering how “bacon” got put into a post with the word “slim”. The bacon in this soup is is minimal, but adds a fabulous smokey flavor that can NOT be left out. Just trust me on this one. You need the bacon. Every other ingredient present is the pinnacle of health. Tons of veggies and lentils.
With a little bit of bacon.
I have tried many different lentil soup recipes over the past couple of months.
“Why would a girl bother?” You might be wondering. “What in the world could be appealing about lentils.”
The price. (Dang cheap)
The shelf life. (30 years, I heard)
The health benefits. (Fiber, folks)
That is why in the world I have been bothering. Lentils also cook up a lot faster than dried beans, another benefit!
My other attempts at lentil soup were not pretty, folks. Nor were they tasty. I got this successful recipe from a neighbor and have added a few things here and there to make it into the tasty treasure you see before you. The addition of avocado, cilantro and sour cream (light of course!) make this a great meal. You don’t need to be watching your weight to enjoy this yummy dish.
Lentil and Bacon Soup
Yield: 8 servings
Time: 1 hour
Recipe adapted from Kimberly Briggs
2 celery stalks
1 large red onion
2 cloves garlic
8 C water
4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled (reserve 1 tiny little teaspoon of the grease)
1 3/4 C lentils
1 can Italian stewed tomatoes
1 t dried thyme
1 t balsamic vinegar
6 t beef bouillon
1/2 t fennel
1 t sugar
salt and pepper to taste
Avocado, Cilantro, Sour Cream
1. Saute the celery, carrots, red onion and garlic in a skillet over medium in just a touch of olive oil.
2. In a large pot add the sauteed veggies, water, bacon, lentils, stewed tomatoes, thyme, and fennel.
3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally. The soup will start to thicken up as it cooks.
4. When the lentils are soft add the bullion, salt and pepper, bacon grease (just a teeny, tiny little teaspoon full), sugar and balsamic vinegar. Stir to incorporate.
5. Serve with chopped cilantro, avocado and sour cream. Enjoy!