Dump & Simmer Lentil Soup with Bacon

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At this very moment, I am hard pressed to come up with a dish more efficient and versatile than a hearty, rustic soup.

You can throw all your old veg in the pot along with other stuff from almost all your other basic food groups, bring it to a boil, bring it down to a simmer, walk away, forget it for 45 minutes to an hour, enjoy the delicious aromas while its simmering, and come back to a completely balanced one dish meal.

And lentils, unlike most other pulses or legumes, don't have to be soaked, either. So a hearty, rustic, lentil soup is about as easy and efficient as it gets.

Plus they're a great source of protein, fiber, and several essential minerals. Not to mention they're inexpensive.

Dump & Simmer Lentil Soup with Bacon

Serves 4 to 6
Takes about 75 minutes, most of it inactive time.
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Today I used:

- 2 cups green lentils
- 1/4 pound of bacon ends, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 onion, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 large carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 large celery stems, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- 2.5 Roma tomatoes, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
- 2 bay leaves
- 9 cups liquid (4 cups of the light pork stock that resulted from boiling pork shoulder for last night's dinner and 5 cups water)
- 1 very large Russet (peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes and added in the last 20 minutes of cook time)
- 1.5 Tablespoons distilled vinegar (to tenderize the lentils more quickly)
- about 3 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Nothing too precise. Just what I had on hand that made sense for lentil soup. 15 minutes active time, an hour of mostly waiting, and Voila! - LUNCH.

Just bring it all to a boil, covered, on medium high heat (which should take about 15 minutes), and then simmer for another 45 minutes, covered, on low to medium low heat, then for another 10 to 15 minutes, uncovered, still on low to medium low heat.

And enjoy the last of this hot soup-y weather. :)


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