Budget Cooking – Bacon and Lentil soup

As we all know, I love bacon. And I love soup. Why not combine the two into a hearty meal that serves 4 whole people and cost only £2 to make. Thats a massive cost of 50p per serving! Yummy bacon and lentil soup.

In this video I share a meal that we love – tasty, easy to cook and cheap! What more can you want!? As there are only 2 of us, we keep the other half of the soup in the fridge overnight and heat it up to eat the next day. We’ve found that it keeps well in the fridge for a few days if needed. As we only have a small freezer compartment, we’ve not tested freezing it to keep longer.


Ingredients for the bacon and lentil soup

2 carrots, pealed and chopped roughly

3 celery sticks, chopped roughly

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tin 400g chopped tomatoes

1 pack of cooking bacon, chopped

150g red lentils

2 tins of Vegetable stock

Spoon of oil


bacon and lentil soup


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, then add the onion, garlic and bacon. Fry this until the bacon is cooked, which will only take a few minutes.
  2. Add the celery, carrot, tomatoes and stock, give it a stir, then add the lentils.
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 – 30 minutes to allow the lentils to cook.
  4. Serve

For a crunchy twist, keep some of the bacon bits to one side and fry these up until very crispy while the soup is cooking. When serving the soup, sprinkle the crispy bacon on top. Yum! This makes extra washing up but sometimes the extra effort is worth it!


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