Red lentils, which actually have a deep-orange color, are rounder and smaller than the more common brown variety.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a piece of paper towel, and set aside. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from pan.

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  • Add the garlic, onion, and carrots to saucepan. Cook vegetable mixture over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the minced sage, and cook 1 minute more.

  • Add the lentils, cumin, and chicken stock; stir to combine. Simmer until lentils are cooked and falling apart, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • To serve, divide the hot soup among four soup plates, and garnish with the reserved bacon and additional sage.

Reviews (13)

115 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 37
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2015
I made this recipe of red lentil, sage and bacon soup today and it is really good. I doubled the recipe because I just love lentil soup. I made some whole wheat artisan bread with rosemary to have with it. I am so full and warm all over on the cold February day. Great recipe!
Rating: 4 stars
06/26/2013
Love this soup - easy weeknight meal. Left out the cumin and added a bay leaf - family loved it!
Rating: Unrated
06/10/2013
Very delicious. I pureed it so my 2 year old would eat it, and then cut the bacon into little pieces and sprinkled on top. She loved it.
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Rating: Unrated
01/15/2013
I LOVE this soup. I first made it years ago when I was newly married and it became a staple. Four months ago we moved to Saudi Arabia. The red lentils are EASY to come by but the bacon is the trick! I did just make it again tonight, oh so good!
Rating: Unrated
07/20/2012
This is my absolute favorite lentil soup recipe. The red lentils can be difficult to find, but I think they taste better and are much faster to cook than the green ones. I highly recommend this recipe to everyone!
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2011
This is now my go-to lentil soup recipe. Our grocery store doesn't carry dry red lentils so we substitute green and, although not as pretty, they're just as good. I've found that you have to bring the lentils to a boil before simmering in order for them to be "falling apart" after 20 or so minutes.
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Rating: Unrated
01/19/2011
I used Dry lentils....what a great way to use up what I had left from fa warm lentil salad. Very good, hearty. Be careful with the cumin!
Rating: Unrated
03/01/2009
Does anyone know if I am supposed to use DRY or canned lentils?
Rating: Unrated
02/27/2009
The curry powder was a great suggestion. I added a 1/2 a teaspoon as well. I also added some kale during the last 10 min of cooking. It is really thick with just 5 cups of broth, so you might want to add more. Overall it's a super easy, tasty recipe.
Rating: Unrated
02/27/2009
The curry powder was a great suggestion. I added a 1/2 a teaspoon as well. I also added some kale during the last 10 min of cooking. It is really thick with just 5 cups of broth, so you might want to add more. Overall it's a super easy, tasty recipe.
Rating: Unrated
01/06/2009
I really liked this. I added a half teaspoon of curry powder as someone else suggested, kept the bacon in rather than using it as a garnish, and upped the sage by a couple of leaves. It reminded me of split pea soup, while my boyfriend thought it was better than split pea soup (he likes lentils a lot). Will make again, though I might add a couple handfuls of spinach when I do.
Rating: Unrated
05/30/2008
The carrot probably blands it out. Perhaps some curry, as opposed to just cumin, and perhaps something besides mild sage...it seems to have potential as a base. Blackforest bacon is a recent discovery, its got a great smoky flavor, is heartier in texture. I found it at Whole Foods. I bet a drizzle of something spicy and contrasting on top as well, would liven it up. Greens pesto and white sour cream, in opposing swirls? Maybe I'm working this one too hard.
Rating: Unrated
01/21/2008
Not particularly exciting soup. Rather bland.