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Hearty Lentil Soup with Bacon

Sandi Gaertner
Nutritious and delicious lentil and bacon soup.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Gluten Free Soup Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 253 kcal



  • 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.


Serving: 1gCalories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 13gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 186mgPotassium: 446mgFiber: 10gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 7667IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 3mg
Keyword bacon lentil soup, hearty lentil soup
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