How to make a Scottish lentil soup recipe

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How to make a Scottish lentil soup recipe
Traditional Scottish lentil soup (Getty Thinkstock)

Scottish food has a reputation for being a tad beyond the pale, but there is far more to Scottish cuisine than haggis, black pudding, and deep-fried Mars bars. The Scots are also well known for their soups and comfort foods and lentil soup is a Winter staple in many a household. Hearty, filling, and full of beneficial fibre, this soup nourishes the soul as well as the body.

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Things you need

  • 1 and a half c red lentils
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 2 medium onions, finely diced
  • 3 carrots, finely diced
  • 3 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Slices of bread (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut the bacon strips into small pieces and fry in the bottom of a large pot until browned.

  2. 2

    Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic to the frying bacon and sautee until soft and slightly browned.

  3. 3

    Mix in the parsley, lentils, and water.

  4. 4

    Bring to a boil, add the bay leaf, then reduce heat and simmer approximately 30 minutes, or until the lentils are soft.

  5. 5

    Remove the bay leaf and serve in individual bowls, garnished with bread (optional.)

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