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JILL BAKES | Jill’s Bacon & Lentil Soup

It’s definitely soup season! This one is…

• tasty

• well balanced

• made in about half an hour!

• perfect for batch cooking and freezing for a handy lunch to take to work

• and made with lentils which are a good source of fibre and protein, and should help to keep you nice and full… although I usually have mine with wheaten, a slice of bread or a few crackers!

This soup will work great with the Traditional Northern Irish Wheaten Bread Recipe published last weekend!

Jill Stewart (@jillbakes_)

County Antrim Foodie and Instagrammer




10-12 rashers back bacon, fat trimmed off

Spray veg oil

2 medium onions, finely chopped

2 carrots, finely chopped

1 red pepper, diced

200g red lentils, rinsed

1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes

1200ml chicken stock (I used 3 stock cubes)

1 tsp onion granules

1 bay leaf

Black pepper to taste


1. Spray a large saucepan with oil over a medium-high heat. 2. Add the bacon and cook for about 3-4 minutes until browned, then add the onion, carrot and pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes until softened.

3. Add the chicken stock, rinsed lentils, chopped tomatoes, onion granules and bay leaf.

4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for around 20 minutes until the lentils are soft.

5. Blend with a hand blender until smooth. If too thick at this point, add a splash more boiling water.

6. Season well with black pepper. Then serve and enjoy!



Jill Stewart, from Portglenone, is both a Foodie and a Dietician, who brings her passions together to create a unique balance of both healthy dishes and sweet treats on her Instagram social media blog, Jill Bakes.

Jill is passionate about creating and sharing recipes on her Instagram platform (@jillbakes_) which are easy to follow, quick to make and not using hundreds of ingredients! And with over 11,000 followers, a lot of people are enjoying Jill’s food journey.

As a Registered Dietitian, Jill is passionate about inspiring people to enjoy eating healthily, by showing that eating well doesn’t have to boring.

Proving that Dietitians aren’t the ‘food police’, Jill is a believer in moderation and that all foods can be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet.

The County Antrim lady has been a keen baker from a very young age, learning many skills from her late Grandma who was a fantastic baker.

Jill is a regular recipe contributor for Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine.

Head over INSTAGRAM to discover JILL BAKES - it is a fantastic blog where you'll discover enough inspiration to keep you baking and cooking for months!


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