Lentil and bacon soup

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 x 70g packs pancetta cubes
  • 1 carrot (about 120g), finely diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 chilli, sliced
  • 2 low-salt stock cubes
  • 250g red lentil, rinsed
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, 1 pack of pancetta and the carrot. Cook on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes until the onions are soft.
  2. Add the cumin, turmeric, garlic and chilli and cook for a further 1 – 2 minutes until the aromas are released.
  3. Pour in 1.25 litres of boiling water, crumble in the stock cubes and add the lentils. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 mins, stirring occasionally to ensure the lentils aren’t sticking.
  4. Meanwhile, fry the remaining lardons in a small frying pan for about 10 minutes until crispy. You don’t need to add any oil as plenty will run from the pancetta.
  5. Serve the soup with a sprinkle of crispy lardons on top.