There's nothing better than a hearty bowl of soup for lunch. This rustic farmer's broth is perfect for a winter's day with a slice of crusty bread. But it also works surprising well served at ambient temperature on a hot day. The bacon adds lots of flavour to the soup. Packed with chunky vegetables, it's really healthy as well as filling. Here's Papa John's great recipe:
Ingredients 5 onions
250g bacon (fat and rind removed)
4 large carrots
3/4 stick celery
5 small potatoes
250g red split lentils
3 vegetable stock cubes
1.5 litres water
Ingredients ready to go
Chop the bacon and onions and fry on a gentle heat ensuring the onions don't brown.
The bacon adds loads of flavour
Chop the carrots coarsely and add to the pot.
Keep the vegetables chunky to make a hearty broth
Add chopped celery and leek.
Lots of healthy greens
Add the lentils to the pot and stir.
The lentils help to thicken the broth
Add water and stock.
Add the chopped potatoes to the pot.
Lots of potatoes - perfect for a St.Patrick's Day lunch
Let the broth simmer for 30 minutes stirring regularly.
The soup will freeze well so you can make a big batch then divide into serving sized containers for the freezer. Why not serve with some Irish wheaten bread or toasted soda farls for a tasty St Patrick's Day lunch?