Glenda’s Winter Lentil Soup

Hello fellow food lovers, this is my first ever post and I’ve no idea how this all works but hopefully through trial and error I will learn! I thought I would start with one of my family’s favourite soups. Lentils, bacon and chunky vegetables are married off with a citrus zing. This soup came from a TV Times pullout and must be more than twenty years old. The recipe was submitted by Glenda McKay who used to play Rachel in Emmerdale. I love a clean bowl and that’s exactly what I get after serving this soup. It can be served as a main meal with plenty of crusty bread and topped with grated cheddar and parsley.

I’m afraid I was in such a rush to get my rolls into the airing cupboard to rise before doing the school run yesterday, that I left the soup simmering on the hob for double the time it should have been. Hence the photo of my soup is less defined and more mushy than usual. But my husband said he really liked it as it was more dhal like. It is a very forgiving soup and still tasted great. For the bacon I use whatever I have in the fridge whether its smoked of back it doesn’t matter.

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Glenda's Winter Lentil Soup
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A delicious soup combining lentils, vegetables, bacon and orange juice. It makes a great meal in itself topped with grated cheese and parsley and served with crusty bread.
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 large parsnip
  • 2 leeks, washed
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon, rinded
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 8oz / 225g red lentils
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2pts / 1.1 litres chicken or vegetable stock
  • juice of a large orange
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped parsley or grated cheese
  1. Peel and finely chop onion.
  2. Peel and chop carrots.
  3. Peel parsnip and cut into chunks.
  4. Trim and slice leeks.
  5. Finely chop bacon.
  6. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a deep pan and fry bacon until browned.
  7. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve.
  8. Add onion to pan and gently fry over low heat to soften. Reserve with bacon.
  9. Heat remaining oil, add carrots, parsnips and leeks and stir for 2 mins. Return bacon and onion to pan and add lentils.
  10. Stir in tomato puree and stock.
  11. Bring to the boil then simmer covered for 25 mins or until lentils and vegetables are tender.
  12. Stir in orange juice and season.
  13. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley or grated cheese (or both).
To make this vegetarian just omit the bacon.


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  1. June Etherington

    This has a really good look about it. I love all the ingredients. Ideal for even now when we still get the odd chilly days. Would also be good in a nice big pot with a nice chunk op french bread stick to dip in on a bbq day as not everyone like bbq’d food.

    1. Camilla

      I love this soup June and we have it all year round:-)

  2. Jo Hutchinson

    A very pretty soup.

  3. Ursula Hunt

    This is a lovely chunky soup

  4. Maya Russell

    Bacon and vegetables are always a great combination for soup.

  5. Heather Haigh

    I know it’s supposed to be spring now but it’s still very chilly here in Yorkshire. This is just the ticket. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      It’s my first ever post and the soup looks a lot better than that when you don’t over cook it like I did on that day 3 yrs ago LOL;-) Still a firm favourite here:-)

  6. Ursula Hunt

    love this recipe but do prefer it without the bacon, its just a matter of individual taste though

    1. Camilla

      That’s great to know it’s good without the bacon – healthier that way:-)

  7. William Gould

    Looks fab! Soon be that soup time of the year!

    1. Camilla

      It’s one of my favs:-)

  8. Maddy

    Will make this without bacon for veggie daughter, then store in freezer so we can have it with next time!

    1. Camilla

      Is there no vegetarian bacon substitute as it really makes the flavour of this soup?

  9. Paul Wilson

    Looks like a lovely filling soup for the colder months.

  10. Carolyn Clapham

    Now that the weather’s turning cool again, this soup will be great for lunch. We love lentil soup, and this recipe sounds souper-healthy (groan!!!) with all the veg plus orange juice.:)

  11. Ursula Hunt

    my favourite is lentil soup, it beats all these other ‘posh’ soups hands down

  12. downingarms

    Lentils must be the most versatile food I know.Only last week I was putting them in a lamb curry and this one looks like a knockout!

  13. Heather Haigh

    I love lentil soup and it’s still pretty chilly here so this will be just the ticket.

    1. Camilla

      We eat it all year round it’s so good:-)

  14. Jayne Sullivan

    This soup looks so warming. Ideal for this time of the year.

  15. KMayers

    I love lentil soup & this would be great to make my own rather than having it out of a tin so I may well be using this recipe today or tomorrow. Thanks for this!

    1. Camilla

      Great, it’s one of our favourites that I make all the time:-)

  16. Tracy Nixon

    I followed this yesterday morning before we went for a walk along the coast. It really warmed our cockles when we got home as it was bright but the wind was biting! Usually I make a Sunday dinner but I knew I wouldn’t have time – this was really tasty so thank you!

    1. Camilla

      Great, it was my first post as I make it so very often:-)

  17. Heather Haigh

    I was just wondering what to make for lunch. This is perfect!

    1. Camilla

      This is one of my favourite soups:-)

  18. Susan Hall

    This looks so warming

  19. Tracy Nixon

    This looks simply divine!

  20. Paul Wilson

    This looks lovely now it’s getting colder.

  21. Tracy Nixon

    looks delicious

  22. Sophie

    Sounds lovely, perfect for a wintry day – like we’re having at the moment, in MARCH!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sophie:-) It must have been cold last March too eh!

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