Lentil soup is one of life’s few true joys. Warm, filling and always homely but what makes a truly perfect lentil soup? Well, that’s for you to decide! Below is my recipe for the perfect lentil soup along with some pan made bread to go with it but the most important thing to remember is that you can personalise this as you wish! You can add different veggies, remove any of the meat ingredients to make it vegetarian – add and take away anything you’d like!
You’ll need –
For the soup:
- 115g of ham OR 6 rashers of bacon
- 200g lentils
- 2 large carrots
- 1ltr of ½ veg stock and ½ ham stock
- 2 potatoes
- 1/2 tsp of thyme, basil and chilli flakes
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
For your bread:
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/3 tsp salt
- 1tsp baking powder
- 2tbs olive oil
- 1/3 cup warm water
Start by frying off your bacon/ham in a pan. While they’re going begin chopping your carrots, potatoes and other veggies and once the bacon is fully cooked and giving off it’s own fats add your veggies and garlic into the pan.
Once they’ve all softened, add your lentils and mix them together for roughly a minute before adding 1 liter of half veg and half ham stock. Leave to simmer and cook for about half an hour or until the lentils are soft.
While the soup is simmering, heat up a frying pan on a medium heat with some oil. Sift together your flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.
Stir in the oil and water and mix until it forms a dough.
On a well floured surface shape your dough into balls – this recipe should make 4 personal loaves – and roll thinly. Add the loaves to the pan and cook for roughly 5 minutes on each side and serve warm with your soup with load of butter.
Tips and Tricks
If you want to mix up your rolls try adding some flavours! Shift in dried herbs in with the flour or after flipping the bread in the pan add a sprinkling of cheese to the loaf and cover to steam and fully melt the cheese.
To pair with this lentil soup I like to add some cajun spice or chilli powder/flakes but you can even sift in sugar and cinnamon and make a dessert loaf! Whatever flavour you like – it’s up to you!
If you want to add turnips to your soup, you’ll have to have it that day. Turnips can ‘turn’ your soup and make it bitter.
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