Lentils cooked in broth with carrots, onions and celery warms your insides when the weather is cold outside.
In 5-quart Dutch oven or large sauce pot over medium-high heat, fry bacon until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
To the pan drippings, add onion, carrots, celery and over medium heat, cook until onions are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
Add tomatoes, lentils, pepper, thyme, bay leaves, 8 cups hot broth, and 2 teaspoons salt.
Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook 30 to 45 minutes or until lentils are tender. Discard the bay leaves before adding the broccoli rabe.
Add broccoli rabe and bacon the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time. Taste for salt and if needed, add the additional teaspoon. If the soup needs more liquid, add the additional 2 cups of broth.
Stir in the lemon juice and drizzle the olive oil on top before serving.
jillyfish 1y agoAmazing!
Valerie411 2y agoWith the bacon and broccoli...great combo of flavors!
marwamp 2y agoFlavorful.
KZinn 3y agoVery very good for lentil soup! Love the bacon idea, it adds so much depth in flavor. Many members of my family got up for seconds. I'll certainly keep this recipe in my favorites.
Sbunting66 3y agoNever tried lentil soup and made this recipe using regular broccoli, froze some for lunch later, glad I did because everyone in my family wolfed it down as fast as possible! Everyone at work loved it too!
Jilliesmother 4y agoMade just as directed, delicious
Jilliesmother 4y agoMade as posted,excellent.
Jilliesmother 4y agoThis was excellent and I am not a fan of vegetables.
Kpbongos 5y agoOMG this was good :) LOVED IT! I thought about the chard, but used regular brocoli instead....turned out great!
sherlocki 6y agoThis is the best lentil soup I've ever had!