Tuscan Bacon and Lentil Soup

Tuscan and bacon lentil soup


  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 mild Italian sausages cut into 1-inch rounds
  • 1 red pepper, medium diced
  • 4-6 cups water
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup hard lentils
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Sauté bacon. Discard all but 1 Tbs. fat, then sauté onion, parsley, red pepper and carrots for 6 minutes, or until soft, in a pasta pot. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute until light brown. In separate pan, sauté sausage until browned. Discard fat and reserve sausage.

Add water, tomatoes, lentils, and salt to taste. If you are using the pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s, halve the cooking time: simmer for 30 minutes (15 minutes for pre-cooked lentils).

Add reserved sausage.

Serve with a bowl of Parmesan cheese on the side.

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This article first appeared on colorandaroma.com

photo: Deborah Alexander

food styling: Sasha Emerson

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