French Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Bacon

5 stars based on 98 votes

lentil soup

I love this elegant lentil soup for its many layers of flavor: the smokiness of the bacon, earthiness of the lentils, mild sweetness of the onions and carrots, and acidity of the tomatoes. It’s made with French green lentils (lentilles du Puy), which hold their shape when cooked and thicken the soup without turning it to sludge (which is, unfortunately, the fate of most lentil soups). 

You can find French green lentils in the bulk section at Whole Foods or many other specialty food shops. They’re definitely worth going out of your way to find but don’t worry if you can’t get them — common green or brown lentils will work fine. Just watch the cooking time as they can get mushy.

Begin with the prep. I like to chop the bacon, onions and celery very fine, so they aren’t too discernible in the finished soup, but keep the carrots a bit larger so they don’t disintegrate.

Cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, then add the olive oil, onions and celery and cook until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add the carrots and garlic and cook a minute more, being careful not to burn the garlic.

Add the tomatoes and thyme…

Along with the chicken broth, lentils, bay leaves, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.

Simmer, partially covered, until the lentils are tender but not mushy, 45 – 50 minutes (less for common lentils). Using an immersion blender, purée the soup a little bit at a time until the broth is slightly thickened. Go easy — if you purée the soup too much, it will get too thick and you’ll lose the integrity of the lentils. If you don’t have an immersion blender, simply transfer a few cups of the soup to a standard blender and purée, then return the blended soup to the pot.

Season to taste and adjust the consistency if necessary (the soup tends to thicken as it sits, so you may need to add some water). Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

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French Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Bacon

Servings: 6
Total Time: 1 Hour


  • 3 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth, best quality such as Swanson
  • 1 cup French lentils (lentilles du Puy), or common brown or green lentils
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • A few tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Fry the bacon in a large pot over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, 4-5 minutes. Add the olive oil, onions and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and garlic, stirring constantly, and cook 1 minute more. Add the diced tomatoes (with their juices), chicken broth, lentils, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover partially, reduce heat to low and simmer until the lentils are tender, 45-50 minutes (less for common lentils). Fish out bay leaves and discard.
  2. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup until the broth is slightly thickened, or to desired consistency. (Do not purée too much or the soup will get too thick, and you'll lose the integrity of the lentils.) If you don't have an immersion blender, transfer about 2 cups of the soup to a blender and purée until smooth, then return the blended soup to the pot. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired and serve. (Note: The soup may thicken as it sits; thin with a bit of water if necessary.)
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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Serving size: about 1 3/4 cups each
  • Calories: 318
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Sodium: 878mg
  • Cholesterol: 17mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    This soup was delicious! I didn’t have bacon so used pancetta instead and the flavor was even better. I will be making this again in the future.

    - Nicole on July 3, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Followed the recipe exactly, and it was delicious! Even my husband, who usually doesn’t like lentils, loved it and asked me to make it again!

    - Rachel W. on June 29, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a very good and classic recipe. I left out the bacon because I’m vegetarian and substituted a delicious Field Grain brand vegan sausage. Still tasted yummy and I’ll definitely make this again.

    - Mary Young on June 28, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Does this soup freeze well? 🙂

    - Rosa on May 4, 2018 Reply
    • Yep!

      - Jenn on May 4, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup is so delicious that it’s on our regular rotation. Big flavor with little effort. I did modify a little by adding 1 tsp. oregano and cooked it in a pressure cooker to save time.

    - Nancy on March 7, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this on a rainy Sunday afternoon and my family enjoyed it for dinner and lunch. It was very good. I doubled the bacon but followed the recipe otherwise. It was very good.

    - Shari Darling on March 6, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made a few minor changes & one substitution: I subbed 4 ounces of prosciutto for the bacon; I used Trader Joe’s pre-chopped Mirepoix instead of measuring and chopping my own carrots, onions, and celery; I used 1T dried parsley instead of 3T fresh; and I added 1 large red potato diced into about 1 cm cubes with enough time to cook it to tender. THIS SOUP WAS FABULOUS! My whole family couldn’t believe how delicious and savory it was; they were not expecting a lentil soup to be so delish. Thanks, Jen!

    - BethA on March 1, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this today. It was absolutely delicious. I did use brown lentils and added a pinch of ground cumin for a bit more earthy taste. I served it with a scoop of long grain white rice, chopped cilantro, sliced jalapeno, avocado and a squeeze of lime. Would absolutely make it again, a definite winner.

    - Rowena Gransaull on March 1, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is perfect, the only change I made is to omit the salt, i use Better than Bouillon chicken broth and it was salty enough. Excellent soup that s very filling!

    - Emilie Kollias on March 1, 2018 Reply
  • that would be a good replacement for the bacon to make this recipe vegan?

    - Alex on February 28, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Alex, It’s fine to just leave it out but you’ll need to use a bit more oil. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on March 1, 2018 Reply
  • 2 stars

    While lentil is my soup of choice, I did not care for the flavor of bacon with the lentils nor the texture of the bacon after simmering in the soup. The one substitution I made was to use a sweet potato in place of carrots. I freeze several jars of soup to have on hand for quick soup and sammie dinners. A note for those who freeze soup: the bacon did not freeze well. Upon reheating it floated limply on the top. I prepare this soup several times a month minus the bacon and find it to be delish.

    - Lyn on February 5, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a hearty soup, but we made this tonight as a starter to mushroom risotto, seared scallop and pancetta, and tender sugar snap peas. Delicious!!! We’ve never had lentil soup before; not sure why not. But based on the reviews I could not resist trying this soup recipe. I’m so glad I did! We’ll be eating this soup all the weekend long in-between our outdoor winter activities. Every recipe of yours I try, Jenn, makes me that much more excited for your recipe book!

    - Nicole on January 26, 2018 Reply
    • 😊

      - Jenn on January 26, 2018 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I really enjoyed this recipe. I used a double smoked bacon and found that Canadian lentils work just fine (they do not go mushy). Other tweaks were a couple of splashes of scotch bonnet sauce and a teaspoon of anchovy sauce; both to further enhance flavour!

    - Mike on January 25, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was the best lentil soup I’ve ever had! My whole family loved it. I didn’t have chicken broth, but beef tasted great, too.
    Thanks for another delicious winter supper idea!

    - Karen on January 19, 2018 Reply
  • For those of us that don’t eat pork, how might you modify this recipe, so we don’t loose the flavor provided by the bacon? Thanks so much!

    - danielle on January 9, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Danielle, you can use turkey bacon or just omit the bacon. It’ll still be delicious!

      - Jenn on January 10, 2018 Reply
  • Hi do you typically prefer to use the long carrots or the smaller baby carrots?

    - Kim on December 28, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Kim, I prefer long carrots. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on December 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband’s Italian Nonna does not speak English but she taught me to make her lenticchia soup years ago, she did not measure anything though (of course) and I wish I took better notes. I tried this recipe and it’s definitely close, a little different but I finally have clear instructions to follow for something similar. This is a delicious soup, another great recipe from this site. I modified slightly only to make it a little more like Nonna’s version: I blended the tomatoes mostly at the thickening step because she used a smooth tomato sauce, I used thick cut bacon and more of it, and instead of garnishing with parsley, I garnished with a drizzle of olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan – all minor adjustments. Make sure to serve this one with a delicious crusty bread. When reheating leftovers, add a little water and olive oil. And, if you like this one, you have to try Jenn’s Pasta e Fagioli – my husband constantly requests it, I’m making it for the hundredth time tomorrow night. Buon appetito!

    - Kaylie on December 4, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup is absolutely soul warming goodness. Nothing would be better on a chilly night. The only changes I made were to add a can of fire roasted tomatoes and 3 sprigs of fresh thyme because I had them on hand. Thank you again Jenn!

    - Trudy Black on December 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband thought he didn’t like lentils until I fed him this soup. Now it’s one of our go-to light meals. It’s perfect as is…I serve with crusty French bread and a pear/walnut/feta cheese salad.

    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!!

    - Maryalice on November 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Another smash hit. I was craving lentil soup (it’s getting cold here on the east coast) and made this exactly as the recipe said. Out of this world delicious.

    - Lisa DePaulo on November 8, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband and my 94 yo neighbor loved this soup! Thank you.

    - Michelle Sweeney on November 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best lentil soup recipe ever …..and I have made many. Easy recipe, healthy and extremely flavorful! If you like a little kick grind some pepper flakes. Recipe is wonderful just the way it is written. Thanks Jenn

    - Karen on October 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup converted me into a lentil lover!
    I’ve made it several time since first encountering it here. Now I make sure to have a serving or two stached away in zip-lock freezer bags in my freezer for emergency meals–it freezes and re-heats wonderfully. I did not ‘tweak’ it in any way–just too good to fool with!

    - Gay on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • This soup is happily simmering away right now as I’m writing. Smells wonderful, and I”m sure it will be delicious! (as we’ve found every one of your recipes to be!)
    I have a question – I bought stock instead of broth, and didn’t realize it til I started making the soup. Is there a reason for using one over the other? Any changes I should be making? Thanks, Jenn!

    - Sandy on June 20, 2017 Reply
    • Stock should be perfectly fine; no changes necessary. Hope you enjoy the soup!

      - Jenn on June 20, 2017 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thanks, Jen! And YES, it was delicious! I froze the leftovers in two containers, and we’re having the last container tonight. Another recipe I’ll be repeating for sure and thinking about adding some extra chunks of veggies.
        Thanks again!

        - Sandy on July 29, 2017 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Forgot to say that I had doubled the recipe. Your recipes are all so delicious that I knew we’d be wanting more! Love having enough to freeze and then enjoy a couple of weeks later. A nice glass or two of wine, a crusty baguette, your soup, and it’s like eating at a French bistro. ?

        - Sandy on July 29, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Very easy to make. I added a bit more streaky bacon and instead of puy lentils, I used half & half brown lentils and toor dal.

    - Louise on May 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have tried several lentil soup recipes, in an attempt to find one similar to my favorite restaurant’s version. This is IT!! The key ingredient that separates it from all the rest that I have tried is the bacon. The soup is not too thick, not too thin, hearty enough to be a meal and light enough to be a side dish or starter. Its delicious. As I like extra veggies, I used 3 large carrots, and 1 medium potato, finely diced. excellent recipe, thank you for sharing!

    - Karen W on May 13, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love this, soup however I’m carb conscience, try to limit carb intake to 25 to 20 carbs per day. The carb drivers in this soup are the broth, 2 carbs per cup, the canned tomatoes, the carrots and the lentils. Any idea what the net carb count is for 1 serving?? Thank you.

    - Jane on May 5, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Jane, if you scroll down beneath the recipe you’ll see all the nutritional information. Each serving of this soup has 35 g of carbohydrates (per 1 3/4 cup serving).

      - Jenn on May 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    From someone who’s made this soup for years, here’s my review of making it with pancetta instead of bacon:

    Both versions are tasty, BUT: using pancetta instead of bacon looses a lot of flavor. I only tried it once, because I was so disappointed in how much different it tasted. So I’ll never skip the bacon again. Tip: to make “chopping” the bacon easier and faster, for me anyway, I use scissors.

    - Robin Stamm on April 28, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Outstanding soup. I swap pancetta for the bacon and double the recipe. So easy and healthy too.

    - Janet Stevens on April 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this recipe for the first time recently. Not only it is hearty, earthy, and delicious, but the recipe is easy! The only change I made out of sheer laziness was to use already cubed pancetta instead of bacon. I also used shallots instead of onions because I can’t eat onions. This soup was even better the second day of heating it up. The flavors and textures were so hearty. I am making it again already. I was unable to find french green lentils in the grocery store here locally, so ordered them from amazon. Perfect!

    - Karen T on March 7, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I absolutely love this site! all of the recipes are so easy and the directions are written clearly. This lentil soup is now my go to soup! I followed the directions as written, no changes were necessary and it turned out great and so easy to make. The bacon gave it a wonderful flavor.

    - Sue on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a good standard hearty winter soup – it cooks up quick because of the lentils and tastes better than most lentil soups because the bacon adds great flavor. It also uses ingredients I’m likely to have on hand and doesn’t require an extra trip to the store in cold weather. A definite keeper.

    - Adrian Tam on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was so good exactly as written and very comforting on a cold blustery day! I did go in search of the specific recommended lentils at my local Whole Foods and found them in the bulk section. I also used a pre-prepped mire poix so it came together very quickly. If you do it that way, the pay off is considerable given how easy this goes together – just be sure to adjust your proportions. Sometimes you get too many carrots with a prepped mire poix and that can make dishes overly sweet.

    - Erin on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I pretty much always love lentil soup, but the bacon in this recipe adds a nice, hearty touch that I think will appeal to those folks who just “have to” have meat for dinner. Even my legume-rejecting son enjoyed this soup! I made it with the pairing suggestion (Arugula, Apples & Manchego in Cider Vinaigrette), which was absolutely perfect. Thank you, Jenn, for another wonderful recipe.

    - Marie-Jeanne on February 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The French lentil soup was amazing. I did not have leftovers and I almost feel like I should have made double. Loved it. Thank you

    - Yelba on January 8, 2017 Reply
  • I don’t know why, but adding a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to the pot of lentil soup really brings out the taste of the lentils.

    - Mary Seltzer on January 6, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup is seriously so good! I added some crumbled lamb sausage to entice my boyfriend who was convinced that soup could never be dinner. Served with some warm crusty bread, now he’s a total convert! Love it.

    - Krista on December 30, 2016 Reply
  • So do you drain the bacon fat? I imagine you’d have a layer of oil at the top of the soup otherwise?

    - jenny on December 20, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Jenny, as the recipe is written, the fat isn’t drained. It’s delicious for cooking the vegetables and helps give the soup a nice smoky flavor. (Feel free to drain it, though, if you’d prefer.)

      - Jenn on December 21, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have made this soup countless times, and it never fails to impress.
    However, this time I made it vegan by omitting the animal products and adding a pinch of smoked paprika. AMAZING!!

    - Nicole on December 20, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just made this today – amazingly delicious, thank you for the recipe! One small change I made was instead of starting with bacon I used finely diced chorizo, that beautiful paprika flavour was something else. It’s going into the permanent recipe book, wonderful soup.

    - Michael on December 7, 2016 Reply
  • Delicious soup – I used lots of fresh thyme and added a Parmesan rind while simmering. Garnished with shredded Parmesan and crumbled bacon. Was perfect for a blustery December lunch.

    - Barb on December 4, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Since discovering your site, have made this soup several times. As suggested by another reviewer, I omit the bacon and add a good pinch of Herbs de Provence. Absolutely delicious!

    - Gloria Hatley on December 4, 2016 Reply
  • Hi Jenn, I’m a real fan of your recipes and the lentil soup is no exception. I do have a question about the French puy lentils: the last few times I’ve made the soup, the French puy lentils (which I purchase in bulk foods at local supermarket, don’t soften as they should, even after an hour of simmering. What’s your guess on what is causing this? I really do not care for al dente lentils. Thanks, Vicki

    - vicki on December 3, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Vicki, The only possibility that I can think of is that the lentils you are buying are old so they’re not softening up as they should. Perhaps the next time you try this, avoid the bulk lentils and buy a bag from the shelf. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on December 5, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    found this an easy soup to make and freeze. now my favorite lentil soup recipe. thanks so much.

    - regina on December 2, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is one of my favorite soups. The bacon really adds a lot of flavor to the lentils. Perfect cold weather comfort food!

    - Robin on December 2, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Forgot to add the stars!

    - Mary G on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • I’ve made this twice in a week…once for my daughter and family who have a newborn so they could freeze some and again today for my husband and me because it is so good and easy. I use a bit more bacon because…well BACON, and find the French lentils (for a reasonable price) in the open bins of grains at Whole Foods. A winner soup!

    - Mary G on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this soup yesterday and it was delicious!!!

    - Nechelle H. on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Tried the soup this week. So delicious. I omitted the bacon for a vegan version. Very delicious!

    - HHA on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Fabulous recipe! Very flavorful and so easy! Will definitely become a winter staple.

    - Desertchef on November 29, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just made this soup despite being in the 80’s where I live!! It is fabulous…I was able to find the french green lentils at Gelson’s..lentils did not turn mushy….very flavorful soup….I will make this often regardless of the outside temps!!

    - Wendy G Schoenburg on November 3, 2016 Reply
  • I can’t wait and try this recipe next!!! I am not familiar with freezing soups…How long would they last in the freezer? My daughter and son-in-law are coming for Thanksgiving and I thought I’d make a few types of soups for them to take home with them besides the leftovers!!! Thanks.

    - Wendy G Schoenburg on October 28, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Wendy, I think you could freeze this for up to 3 months. Hope you enjoy it!

      - Jenn on October 28, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious. Made exactly as recipe states – using green lentils. YUM! Thanks again Jenn!

    - Alicia on October 4, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Tonight for dinner we will be enjoying French Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Bacon, the house smells absolutely wonderful. We have been “sampling” to be sure I seasoned the soup just right…this is so good. We can hardly wait to sit down for dinner.
    Thank you for your website and sharing your passion for 5 star recipes, I have tried so many of your recipes and every one has been absolutely fantastic.
    Waiting for your cookbook to come out.

    - Carol Browne on September 13, 2016 Reply
  • I see this recipe makes six servings, but how much is 1/6th of the recipe? I’m tracking my calories and wanted to measure my portion. Thanks!

    - Laura Lee on August 30, 2016 Reply
    • Each serving should be about 1 3/4 cups. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on August 30, 2016 Reply
  • Can I make this soup with red lentils instead?

    - Alice Ho on July 16, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Alice, Yes, but they generally don’t take quite as long and tend to get a bit mushy when cooked. The soup does get pureed, so it shouldn’t make a significant difference, but just be aware that they are a bit different.

      - Jenn on July 16, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Great recipe! I will make it again, for sure.

    - Eliana on May 20, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Omg! Followed this recipe to the T and it is wonderful! I’m a new totally inexperienced cook and this worked. It’s so good.

    - Newcook on April 14, 2016 Reply
  • This soup looks delicious! I wondering, I would like to add beans. Do you think adding beans could be a nice addition or is the soup hearty enough?

    - Olivia on April 12, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Olivia, I think this soup is hearty enough as-is!

      - Jenn on April 12, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this soup a week and a half ago, but put it in the freezer right away. We ate it today and really enjoyed it. It was so nice to be able to pull out a ready made soup. It has great flavour and my husband even loved it!
    Can’t wait to try more recipes!

    - SandraM on March 20, 2016 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,
    Loved the soup! I need to make my recipes low salt, so I omitted the added salt. Wondered if I could also tweak the tomatoes by adding fresh instead of canned. Do you have a suggestion for how to do that? Do I need to add more liquid?

    - Lisa on March 16, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Lisa, glad you liked the soup! Yes, you could use fresh tomatoes instead of canned. I think 3 large tomatoes should do it and no need to add any liquid except for the liquid that comes from the tomatoes when you cut them.

      - Jenn on March 18, 2016 Reply
  • 4 stars

    This soup is simmering on the stovetop right now. It smells delicious. 🙂

    - SandraM on March 10, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Simple and fantastic at the same time. We now have it once a week. Thank you!!

    - Andy Pandy on February 29, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Tried tonight, was fantastic, i used double smoked farmers sausage instead of bacon, yum yum yum. Thank you Jenny!

    - Julie on February 12, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Your recipes are fantastic! We LOVE this soup but would prefer not to use bacon. Can we get the smoky flavor from simmering a ham hock? If so, for how long should I simmer it!

    - Donna on February 5, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Donna, You can prepare the recipe as instructed and use this method for using the ham hock. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on February 7, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Tried this soup recipe for my Book Club and they all raved how delicious it was. I followed the recipe as stated and the seasoning was perfect. I did have to cook it longer than stated as I am at high altitude, but I always have to adjust for that. I made it the day before and the flavors married beautifully. Passed the website on to 8 happy ladies.

    - Bev Sincock on January 6, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My family loves this soup! It’s one of our go to recipes because my 5 and 2 year old eat every bit of it. This website is where I go to try new recipes. Haven’t tried one we haven’t liked yet.

    - Kathryn on December 26, 2015 Reply
  • Hi Jan,
    I noticed that there are petite and regular French green lentils available. Which would be better suited for the recipe? Can’t wait to make it!

    - Hula Girl on December 2, 2015 Reply
    • You could get away with either, but if you have both available to you, I’d go with the petite. I hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on December 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I recently subscribed to your website and am thoroughly enjoying it.
    This Lentil Soup with Bacon is so delicious!! Made it last week and will be making more this weekend. YUM!!!!

    - Susanna Alcaro Funk on November 19, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      I couldn’t agree more! Made it for best friend’s BD luncheon. Had to message them the recipe. Had it just as written, squeeze of lemon at end. Lovely.

      - MJ on December 17, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the very best soup I have ever made. Thank you Jenn for yet another wonderful recipe. All the recipes I have tried have been tasty and easy. Can’t wait to try more.

    - Sue Shortley on November 10, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I just made this soup and it is delicious. The only thing I added were some chili flakes (we like a bit of heat). I also used home made chicken broth. Great recipe Jenn, thank you for sharing.

    - Gillian on November 7, 2015 Reply
  • Hi Jennifer,

    I’ve really enjoyed your recipes for their flavor and ease of use. I also love the nutrient listing after each because I track my daily calories. Which leads to my question: where are the carbs hidden in this recipe? 35g per serving seems high for a soup made primarily of veggies and a little fat. Please advise.

    Thank you!

    - rootloves on November 2, 2015 Reply
    • The lentils and the carrots rack up the carbs –everything else is not carb.

      Gonna try this recipe later today.

      - Barbara on November 15, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      All dried beans are very high in carbs.

      - Lee on March 10, 2016 Reply
  • Is there any way to make these delicious recipes without onion or leeks? Would garlic work?

    - milla isaacson on October 23, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Milla, Yes, garlic will work.

      - Jenn on November 2, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’m not exaggerating when I say this is one of my favorite soup recipes! Prep and execution are simple and quick, it’s super healthy, the ingredients are so affordable (which makes the recipe more accessible to families with different financial circumstances), but most important…it’s so extremely delicious!

    In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I follow the Weight Watcher program for healthy eating. I prepare this recipe exactly as stated by Jenn. I divide it into four generous portions (instead of 6) and each serving is only 5 PointsPlus each! I can combine it with a large crunchy salad and a serving of crackers, if desired, and it’s a satisfying and nutritious meal. Even my husband, who is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, says it’s “pretty good” which is his highest praise!

    This recipe freezes very well. I make it often, so that we can pull a couple of containers out of the freezer for a quick lunch or dinner…comfort food at its finest!

    - Sandy K. on October 22, 2015 Reply
    • So glad you and your husband are enjoying this recipe, Sandy. Thank you for all the feedback!

      - Jenn on October 22, 2015 Reply
    • Hi, I’m also doing WW but when I entered all the numbers into the calculator, it gave me 10 points for the 1 3/4 cups. How did you get 5 points?? Thanks, just a bit confused being a WW newbie.

      - Cecilia on May 8, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made as written, but added the 1/2 cp of white wine after veggies softened and a splash of fresh lemon juice at the end which really brought the soup to life. Loved it. How does it freeze Jen? Thanks for another great soup

    - Carol Winkelman on October 22, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Carol, Glad you enjoyed it. It freezes well 🙂

      - Jenn on October 22, 2015 Reply
  • Is this a soup that can be frozen?

    - CAL on October 22, 2015 Reply
    • Yep 🙂

      - Jenn on October 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this soup for folks coming over for lunch. Quick and easy. Got rave reviews!!

    - Kathy Y. on October 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love this lentil soup so much that I tend to eat too much of it. How much do you consider a serving? A cup? Cup and a half?


    - Robin on October 18, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Robin, Serving sizes on this site are approximate, but I would say about 1-1/2 cups. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on October 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup was so delicious! I going to make it again and again. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

    - Bobbie on October 14, 2015 Reply
  • Loved the soup but what is the serving size as per the calorie chart

    - Jude on October 13, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Jude, Serving sizes are approximate — about 1-1/2 cups.

      - Jenn on October 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was quick, easy and delicious! Thank you!

    - Laura on October 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My daughter, a junior in college living in her first off-campus apartment, made this soup last night. She reported that is was awesome! Once Upon a Chef is her go-to site for recipes so now I know she’ll be eating nutritious, wonderful food.

    - Beth S. on October 4, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this last night and it is fabulous. I added some sauteed organic chicken sausage for my husband because he enjoys meat of some kind. This recipe will be one of my Winter favorites.

    - Pamela Harriman on September 18, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup was amazing!
    It’s quick to make. Tastes amazing.
    The only thing I changed was using turkey bacon instead of regular bacon.

    Since I don’t have an immersion blender I just scooped about 2 cups of soup into my vitamix and smoothed it out.


    - carmel creager on August 27, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Made this soup yesterday and I’ve really enjoyed it, as I have enjoyed all the recipes I’ve tried on your wonderful site. I am wondering how you think white wine would taste in this soup and how much you might add?

    - Noelle on July 22, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Noelle, I think wine would work beautifully. I’d add a half cup and reduce til nearly evaporated before adding the broth.

      - Jenn on July 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve tried this recipe with different lentils, I didn’t have the petite green ones from the recipe, and the soup did not turn out as well. Definitely find the lentils as instructed in the recipe, they make a world of difference.

    Thanks once again for an amazing recipe!

    - Natalia on March 31, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My daughter recommended your website and I have tried three recipes so far and we have enjoyed all of them. Thank you

    - Jan on March 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I grew up on lentil soup with bacon, so was pleased to find this recipe. It’s another soup we just love – flavorful, interesting, and nourishing. We don’t make any changes in this recipe when we make it – except we don’t have an immersion blender and we don’t always blend some of the soup to thicken it.

    - Sue Ebbers on March 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was my first try at using lentils and this recipe made it easy and great-tasting. I divided the soup into 2 portions and when we thawed the frozen portion, the lentils still maintained their integrity and the flavor was even better. Definately a soup I’ll make again.

    - Norma on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Perfectly yummy – no alterations needed! Did you know lentils are really high in fiber? Making this soup satisfying in so many ways 🙂

    - Barbara on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made this twice and will make it again and again. It’s really that good. It’s also the most re-pinned recipe from my Facebook “Snagged Recipes” page (Pinterest).

    - Robin on March 13, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Well, today was cold with a side of freezing and a dash of frigid here in the frozen tundra. A perfect day to make soup, and boy did I pick a winner! The aroma of the bacon cooking w/ the veggies and garlic was superb. I had to tweak the recipe just a bit (low on ingredients). Chicken stock for broth, smoked turkey bacon, Goya lentils (in place of the French) and Adobo seasoning in place of the salt. Still, what a moth watering recipe to enjoy~Perfecta. Thanks for a hearty bowl of warm deliciousness to help soothe the soul Jenn 🙂

    - Aminah on March 5, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I tried this soup in a snowstorm in Chicago a few months ago and have made it about a dozen times since! It’s absolutely fabulous, hearty, flavorful and easy to make.

    You can swap the bacon for chorizo too.

    - Amanda on February 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best lentil soup I’ve ever had! Worth searching out French green lentils (available at Bulk Barn in Canada). Loved the balanced texture and creaminess by only pureeing some of the soup.

    This was so good after a bowl, I emailed my family with the recipe!

    - Jen on February 15, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I really loved this soup. Such a great balance of flavors. The small amount of bacon adds great flavor. Easy to put together. I am really enjoying your website. Next I am going to try your Cashew Chicken.

    - Shelly H. on February 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was the best lentil soup I’ve ever eaten! I was unable to find the French small lentils at my Whole Foods, so I used regular green lentils. The quality of the rubbed black forest bacon I used added much to the flavor. It’s a bit costly, but worth it. I followed the recipe exactly, otherwise. It was necessary to cook the lentils a bit longer, but well worth the wait. I’ll definitely be making it again.

    - Carol K. on January 27, 2015 Reply
  • Hi, in the nutritional information, you have serving size: 6. Is that 6 ounces?
    Thank you!

    - Mila on January 20, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Mila, Thanks for catching that; should be 6 servings. It has been corrected.

      - Jenn on January 20, 2015 Reply
  • Hi there,
    You have beautiful recipes and I love this lentil. However, is there a way to make it without tomato?


    - Dana Silverstein on January 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this Friday night and found that it makes a tasty soup for sure. I bought ‘green lentils’ but they didn’t say ‘french’ or ‘du puy’. They felt tender after about 45-50 minutes. I also had pancetta instead of bacon in the fridge so I swapped that. I used low-sodium chicken broth (College Inn) and didn’t add any salt to the soup while it was cooking. I didn’t find that it needed any once the soup was ready to eat but that is probably a personal preference. I’ll definitely make this again – like literally every single other recipe I’ve tried from OUAC.

    - Lindsay on January 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup was fantastic! We made the recipe as stated and it will be a definate must on a cold winter night!!!

    - Jennifer on January 16, 2015 Reply
  • 1 stars

    Thought this had way too much garlic. It was overpowering. I would do half the garlic next time. Didn’t like this recipe.

    - Bill Pepe on January 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this soup a second time. My wife bought a 14 oz can of roasted tomatoes. Made it even better. Added some heavy cream just before serving and topped with parm cheese.

    - Charles Napier on January 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The soup was a 6 on a scale of 1 to 5. I finished it off with a spoon full of sour creme when I served it. It was great!

    - Charles Napier on December 21, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is by far my favorite recipe for lentil soup I have tried. As another reviewer mentioned, I added herb de Provence as well, and it is really, really an amazing soup. Thanks for the recipe, I’m going to try your fish tacos tomorrow!

    - Amy on December 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely delicious!! I was hoping it would taste similar to the lentil soup in my favorite French restaurant, and it did. I dint have any thyme though, so I added tarragon instead. It gave it a nice lemony kick.

    - Brandi G. on December 14, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Very tasty soup! It came together very easily, and was great for a cold day. Instead of straight thyme I used herbes de provence, which I think gives a little more depth of flavor.

    - Matt on December 8, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the 2nd soup I’ve made from your website and BOTH have turned out delicious. The recipes are easy to follow and you always use quality ingredients. I am a FAN now.

    My next attempt is your French Macaroons. Already bought the ingredients 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your recipes and knowledge!

    - Virginia Tate on December 8, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe earned a place in my standard menu rotation. Quick, delicious and satisfying with crusty bread and a big salad. The only change I make: I add smoked paprika, about 1/2 tablespoon, I think. To taste, yeah, to taste, that’s the ticket (I have no idea how much I add, actually). Thanks for this one.

    - Marji on December 3, 2014 Reply
    • Love that idea, Marji. Thank you!

      - Jenn on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Served this for dinner last night, but took your advice and made it a day ahead so the flavors could meld. Served with a chunk of baguette. All three kids (ages 13, 10 and 8) had second helpings — and one even had a third! Definitely a keeper! We love your recipes, and will continue to work our way through them.

    - Amy G. on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • Was wondering if I could use the pre-cooked steamed French lentils from Trader Joe’s (in refrigerated section, they come vacuum sealed)? My first thought is that if I use them, the soup won’t thicken up.

    - Gerri on November 22, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Gerri, I think you could but you’re right — the soup wouldn’t be as thick or flavorful.

      - Jenn on November 22, 2014 Reply
  • I used 1 smoked turkey drumstick instead of bacon and it turned out fabulous. Didn’t use the immersion blender because I prefer it with more substance. I completely agree with the other reviewer about it tasting so much better the next day. Shared it with my mother-in-law post hip surgery and she goobled it up! Thank you 🙂

    - Nancerino on November 21, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Having made, this I found when it was done cooking that there was still a bit of ‘tang’ in the flavor, possibly from the tinned tomatoes. I think using a tomato puree or even tomato paste might resolve that. I added a few tablespoons of creme, which mellowed it a bit but the flavors still weren’t ready. So, at first, I wasn’t thrilled with it, but on day 2 the soup was nothing short of superb. An overnight rest was just what was needed to let all of the flavors mingle. Definitely recommended.

    - Al Fabrizio on November 7, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this French Lentil soup for supper and it is VERY good! I modified the recipe by excluding the bacon, using beef broth and extra bay leaves. I also doubled the recipe and am glad I did,, as now we have more leftovers. Blending some of the lentils created a wonderful creamy base. I served the soup with a baguette ~ yummy meal, indeed!

    - Donna on November 3, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious!! I made a huge pot and froze leftovers to pull out when I need a quick meal.

    - Angela on October 26, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This lentil soup was AMAZING! I’ve made lentil soups before from different cookbooks, but this was the best by far! Even my husband, who is French (and they know a lot about lentil soup..) said it was the best lentil soup he’s ever had. Now that’s a compliment!! Definitely a keeper and thank you for such great recipes.

    - Dee on October 1, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I tried this with the fresh green lentils. I think I made the mistake of blending it too long (as you describe), so it didn’t look as good as photo. The taste was good though.

    - Berit on July 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is soup is great as is. Because I make it so often, i use already diced up pancetta instead of bacon and I sometimes add 1/3 cup of tubettini and supper is served.

    - Lisa Mullen on July 10, 2014 Reply
  • I just made this soup exactly as directed and it came out amazing!!! So delish! Thank you

    - jasmine on June 1, 2014 Reply
  • I tried this recipe, and it was FANTASTIC!! I added more bacon ( because who doesn`t love more bacon). I added a touch of hot sauce as well. I`ve tried a lot of different lentil soups, and this one is by far a favorite. Even my girls (2&5) gobbled it up! Thanks!

    - Kim on May 28, 2014 Reply
  • Fantastic tasting soup! I cooked it for a bit too long and had to add water to thin it down again, I had no dried thyme on hand so I used herbs de Provence instead. Still turned out really well. Next time I will try with homemade chicken stock and home grown tomatoes.

    - Cat on May 24, 2014 Reply
  • Lovely, I made it last night using green lentils….it was delicious, a real surprise for my husband who was totally against the idea of lentil soup! I now have a convert. Will definitely have again.

    - Amy on April 25, 2014 Reply
  • What a meal! All the ingredients worked well together. I would not change a thing and very easy to make. Will be a regular in our family.

    - Joe on April 2, 2014 Reply
  • Hi Jenn. Have made this soup many times and remains top of list for the family. Made it yesterday using stock from a smoked ham I cooked it was amazing didn’t have to add any salt to the recipe. Keep up the good work.

    - xander on March 20, 2014 Reply
  • Love your site and recipes. I’m now a kale lover thanks to learning about massaging it from you. Would you please recommend an immersion blender? Long ago I had a Kitchen Aid one that broke after only a few uses. Want to get a good one that will last. Thank you! -Rachael

    - Rachael Horn on January 16, 2014 Reply
  • Is there any chance you will include nutritional information soon?

    - Virginia Mitchell on January 7, 2014 Reply
  • This is cooking as I type. I cooked the bacon then took it out of the pan. Left the bacon fat to cook the onions in. My husband and I like the crispness of bacon and was worried it would be chewy. I will throw it in as a garnish. We live in Finland so I got what I could in terms of lentils. Also, there is no such thing as chicken broth here ( in run of the mill type) so we use those gelled pots of flavor you add water too. Usually works ok. But never the same. I do what I can!

    - Katie on November 8, 2013 Reply
  • I made this soup using pancetta instead of bacon because I had some on hand. It was delicious. Try a bowl of the soup with a warm baguette.

    - Angela on November 7, 2013 Reply
  • Made this twice now. The bacon is awesome in this and my family love it!

    - Lisa Kroll on November 7, 2013 Reply
  • This soup is out of this world! The smokey bacon really makes it amazing. I don’t have an immersion blender so I just go nuts with a potato masher. I’ve played around with this recipe a little by adding barley, sausage, and chiles to give it some kick, however, the recipe is definitely great as is. It’s a keeper for sure!

    - Renee on October 29, 2013 Reply
  • Made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious! Easy to make and everyone loved it.

    - Cariann on October 25, 2013 Reply
  • Absolutely delicious soup. My husband was going to make red lentil soup and then discovered we’d run out but had green lentils. He then found this recipe on the Internet. What a find!!! We’ll definitely be having this again.

    - Gill on April 28, 2013 Reply
  • The best lentil soup ever!!! Many thanks

    - Nadia on April 13, 2013 Reply
  • I’m cooking this tonight (in Darwin, Australia) even though it’s 34C. This soup sounds perfect – and I love puy lentils. Thank you!

    - Joanne on April 6, 2013 Reply
    • Hope you enjoyed it, Joanne.

      - Jenn on April 8, 2013 Reply
  • My husband and I are big lentil soup fans so I was eager to try this recipe and we were not disappointed! Absolutely love the flavor combination of bacon, tomatoes, thyme, and bay leaves. This soup was even better the next day for lunch with a tiny bit of leftover rice added in. Thanks, Jenn – this one is going in to our lentil soup rotation!

    - Liesel on April 4, 2013 Reply
  • This was my first time at making lentil soup and it was delicious! I bought the exact lentils shown in the recipe & think it made a difference. Easy to follow instructions made this a keeper.

    - Berit on March 14, 2013 Reply
  • I made this with the French Lentils and it was a winner – one of my husband’s favorites! The bacon adds great flavor to the soup. I served it with bread and a salad.

    - Lindsay on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • I have never been a fan of lentils. This recipe looked so compelling I had to try it, and so glad I did. Seriously wonderful. And my husband and best friend loved it as well. I like to try lots of new recipes and have only a few I return to. This will be one. Thank you so much!

    - Tia on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • I made this soup with both green lentils and red lentils. The red lentils cooked down much quicker than the green (and were pureed into thick consistency) but both versions were very good. The soup is great comfort food for a cold afternoon with a baguette and salad.

    - Mary on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • Yum I love lentil soup and this is by far the best recipe I’ve tried so far. It was very flavorful and I froze some of it for eating later. It worked out great!

    - Julia on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • So hearty and good. Perfect for a cold winter night. I love it with a warm whole wheat roll and a greek salad. No need to tweek the ingedients; it’s perfect as is!

    - Lisa Ballantyne on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • A wonderful hearty soup. I serve the cornbread recipe with it and it is a great meal.

    - Gayle Snyder on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • This soup is delicious, have made lentil soup for years, but I also add 2 links of good smoked sausage (no I do not leave out the bacon) to the soup during the last 20 minutes, then remove before serving & slice up into bite size pieces & add back to the soup right before serving. A hearty winter meal with just hot bread.

    - Cindie Dean on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I absolutely love this recipe!
    I made it exactly as is and it came out great.
    It’s fast, nutritious and delicious. My husband loved it as well, and he usually dislikes lentils.

    - Vasso on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • this was a nice recipes but we tweaked it a little for our 5 grandkids…instead of diced tomatoes,crushed and we add thin spaghetti cut to bit size pieces[cook pasta seperate,save some pasta water if you need more liquid when mixed] and topped spaghetti cheese

    - Theresa Jenkins on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Love, love, love this soup. I made a special trip to Whole Foods to buy French lentils. I couldn’t find the packaged lentils like you show, I had to buy them from the bulk section. I excluded the bacon. Blending some of the lentils provides this soup with a rich creamy texture. I also added a little cumin. Thank you for the great recipe.

    - Karen on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • One of my favorite soup recipes! I add a bit of Irish Whiskey for an extra zip!

    - Melissa Lee on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Another great recipe! It tastes great and makes the whole house smell good. FYI: The instructions don’t mention when to add the olive oil. I almost forgot. Thanks again!

    - Berit on February 3, 2013 Reply
    • Thanks for catching that, Berit; it’s been corrected. So glad you enjoyed the soup!

      - Jenn on February 3, 2013 Reply
  • Very nice soup and healthy to make at home

    - Kareena Shaikh on January 22, 2013 Reply
  • A double batch of this soup is resting on my stove as i type. I’ll serve it tonight for dinner with a fresh loaf of bread and salad.

    I don’t eat meat, so I skipped the bacon and added the extra olive oil as noted to another poster. After the soup was done and partially blended, I did my usual “taste test”.

    For me the flavor didn’t bowl me over…perhaps I overcooked? I’m not sure. I wound up adding about a tbsp. more of thyme which improves it, but I’m wondering if the loss of the bacon flavor impacts the result more than thought?

    It will be a nice soup (the thyme with lentils has a savory flavor), so it’s not a loss. But it’s not as jazzy as I’d hoped.

    - Robin on January 19, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Robin, I’m sorry to hear you found the soup a little bland. The bacon does add a lot of flavor but it should still be quite tasty without it from all the vegetables. I’m wondering, did you use regular chicken broth or low-sodium? That would make a big difference. In any case, it may just need salt to bring out all the flavors, or else you could try a dash of smoked paprika to mimic the smokiness of the bacon or a splash of balsamic vinegar (add little by little) to brighten it up.

      - Jenn on January 19, 2013 Reply
  • OMG! Just made this for dinner! It was amazing! My kids were licking the bowl!! So far every recipe I have made has become a family favorite! Thank you for doing all that you do! You have made me a much better cook!!

    - Candi on January 14, 2013 Reply
  • I really appreciate the initial picture with the ingredients for this reason: I have a really busy schedule, I look at the picture, know I only need to get the Lentils, and then open the entire email when at home and ready to cook. Love it! Thank you

    - Kathleen on January 14, 2013 Reply
    • Thanks for the feedback, Kathleen. Good to know!

      - Jenn on January 16, 2013 Reply
  • This was the first time I’ve ever had lentils. The soup had amazing flavor, but the texture was kind of strange. I think next time I’ll blend it a little more. Thanks for a great recipe!

    - Jessica Ford on January 11, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Jessica, You can definitely can play around with the thickness of the soup. I prefer it just slightly thickened, but it’s a matter of personal taste.

      - Jenn on January 17, 2013 Reply
  • Made this tonight and it was fantastic!!! This is a keeper.

    - Beth Hill on January 10, 2013 Reply
  • I saw this recipe come through my email while I was at work and wanted nothing else to eat for dinner. We just finished eating this for dinner and it was fantastic. The whole family (especially my 5 year old) loved it. My husband is Greek and adds a squeeze of lemon to just about everything. I had my soup without the lemon and had a taste with the lemon. Both were magnificent! Thanks for such a wholesome and delicious meal!

    - Liz J. on January 10, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Liz, So glad you all enjoyed. You can also add a splash of balsamic vinegar at the end for a little zing.

      - Jenn on January 17, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,

    I’ve been looking for a good lentil soup recipe and here it is! I bought some the other day but they are “red split” ; the bag gives a cooking time of 12 min. When I make your soup, I’ll let all the flavors meld for awhile and toss in the lentils toward the end. Looking forward to it thank you

    - Linda on January 10, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Linda, Sounds like a good plan. Please let me know how it turns out.

      - Jenn on January 17, 2013 Reply
  • We are experiencing a “January thaw” in New England, but it is still cold and this soup will be delicious. It is so helpful to see the ingredients you use in the beautiful photos. Like all your recipes, can’t wait to try it. Thank you, Jenn!

    - Elizabeth on January 10, 2013 Reply
  • Lentils was on my shopping list for this weekend already. I was going to make the Food 52 post for lentil salad, but this looks good too. I’ll have to forego the bacon.

    - Danita on January 10, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Danita, If you want to leave out the bacon, simply use a few more tablespoons olive oil. It will still be delicious.

      - Jenn on January 10, 2013 Reply
  • The soup looks wonderful, but please note that not all French green lentils are Lentilles du Puy. They must have that marked on the box or package for it to be real. And it makes a huge difference. Coops and Whole Foods sell French green lentils in bulk (at least in the Twin Cities, and they are NOT du Puy.

    - Susan on January 10, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Susan, Interesting. I’ve found the real deal at my Whole Foods in the DC area. In any case, you can tell authentic lentils du Puy by their color — they’re slate green, marbled with flecks of darker slate blue. They look a whole lot different than common brown, red or green lentils so they should be easy to spot.

      - Jenn on January 10, 2013 Reply
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