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This lentil bacon soup is a wonderful, filling soup that will warm you up on a cold day. I like to call this soup comfort food in a bowl. I could live on this soup…it is that good! Smokey flavors combine with lentils and fresh vegetables, all in under 30 minutes!

A photo of a full bowl of lentil bacon soup.

The flavors in this bacon lentil soup explode in your mouth; this soup was so good! I knew I needed to try to recreate this recipe at home. Note, I did cheat and use turkey bacon to make the dish a little healthier, but it is also delicious with regular bacon. This is a kid-friendly soup recipe that will become popular in your house.

It took a few tries, but I have matched the flavors closely so you can enjoy it as much as we did! If you love soup as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my delicious gluten free soup recipes!

Why This Soup is Great:

  1. This homemade lentil bacon soup recipe is both gluten free and dairy-free.
  2. It is easy to make and is packed full of flavor.
  3. It takes about 30 minutes to make, and you can freeze the extras.

Bacon adds incredible flavor to this soup. It is possible to make this lentil soup without the bacon…but you will miss the smokiness of the bacon. If you are a bacon fanatic like me, you will also love these bacon roses!

Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the lentil bacon soup ingredients.
  • Black Lentils – Any type of lentil would work in this recipe, but I highly recommend using black lentils because they hold their shape better than orange, brown, and green lentils.
  • Bacon – Regular or turkey bacon is fine.
  • Onions – Yellow onions are best.
  • Bacon – You can use regular or turkey bacon.
  • Parsnips – Sometimes, parsnips are hard to find. If you can’t find any, add more carrots.
  • Chicken Broth – I recommend low sodium.
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic – Minced

Lentils are not always easy to cook with, but these handy tips will help you make lentils perfect every time.

How To Clean Lentils:

Lentils need to be rinsed before adding them to the pot. I use a strainer to rinse the lentils. Look for any small rocks or debris! (It is funny I have never found a small pebble in my lentils, but every bag has this in the instructions, so it must happen occasionally.)

How To Make Lentil Soup with Bacon:

Step 1: In a soup pot, add the chopped bacon, parsnips, onion, oil, and garlic. Cook on medium heat until the onions become transparent.

A photo of the lentil soup cooking in a large pot.

Step 2: Pour in the chicken broth, cleaned lentils, and the rest of the ingredients.

Step 3: Cover and bring the soup to a boil. Allow the soup to boil for 10 minutes, then reduce the cooking temperature to low so it can simmer.

Step 4: Serve this soup with a dollop of sour cream and a little chopped fresh cilantro on top.

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Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ:

What color lentils are best for this soup?

I recommend using black or brown lentils for this soup. Orange lentils get very mushy, so do not use these.

Can you make this soup low-fat?

You can make this soup low-fat with turkey bacon instead of regular bacon.

How do you store lentil soup leftovers?

Store this soup in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will keep fresh for up to 4 days. You can also freeze it. The soup will last in the freezer for up to 4 months. I use the Souper Cubes pictured above to freeze the soup in single-serving portions.

A white bowl filled with lentil bacon soup.

More Delicious Soup Recipes to Try:

You will love this broccoli soup with bacon and these other easy soup recipes.

A photo of a full bowl of lentil bacon soup.

Hearty Lentil Soup with Bacon

Sandi Gaertner
Nutritious and delicious lentil and bacon soup.
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5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Gluten Free Soup Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 253 kcal

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  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 6 carrots diced
  • 2 parsnips diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ¼ cup black lentils * see note
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 quart low sodium chicken broth I used Trader Joe’s
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 6 pieces cooked bacon * see note
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large soup pot, heat olive oil on medium heat.
  • Add onion, carrot, and parsnip and cook for 5 minutes until softened.
  • Add chopped turkey bacon and cook another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add lentils, broth, water, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for 5 minutes then turn heat to low and simmer.
  • Cook until lentils are soft and most of the liquid is absorbed.


  1. You can use any type of lentils, but I recommend using black lentils. They tend to hold their shape a lot better than green or brown lentils. Orange lentils will turn to mush so I don’t recommend using this color.
  2. If you would like this soup to be low-fat, use turkey bacon.
  3. This soup will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 13gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 186mgPotassium: 446mgFiber: 10gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 7667IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I just made something similar yday, just that I didn’t have bacon in the house. However, my mum would always make a lentil pot on Saturdays with one big bacon but the bacon was a whole piece, cooked in the lentils to give flavor and was not crispy. I would never eat that bacon because it was one big piece and wobbly and I don’t like that. But I think I will try to cut it small and add it to the pot or maybe fry it crispy first to add to the lentils.
    Your lentil soup will be part of the meal plan soon. 🙂

    1. I love hearing how your mum made this Helene. If I didn’t cut the bacon, my kids would fight over the one piece LOL. Have a wonderful holiday!

  2. I LOVE lentil soup and don’t make it enough, because I’m the only one that eats it. This recipe is making me want to make a pot ASAP!

    1. You can freeze your lentil soup!! Its amazing!! I make a big batch of it and portion it and freeze it for later. Hope this helps you ?

      1. That is wonderful news Tiffany. Thank you so, so much for writing so that other readers know it can be frozen.

  3. January is the perfect time for lentils. I eat so many lentils in the fall, so, I am always looking for great recipes. Your picture is amazing and your recipe is very creative.

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