The last low cost weeklymenu plan should probably have been called ‘Lentil Week’ in our house! (I wonder if there is one?)
I should have published the other recipes from the week sooner but unfortunately we’ve not been well so a lot of things we should have been doing have been left to one side.
But here is Bacon and Lentil Soup – and you just have to make this: warm, comforting, filling, nutritious – I could go on but you get the picture I’m sure – oh, and not expensive (£2.42 for four – though you could make it cheaper).
I’ve put in approximate amounts that I used, but you really don’t have to be that exact. I just wanted to give some idea of the amounts used in costing it up.
Bacon and Lentil Soup
- 1 medium onion
- 4 rashers of bacon, cut into strips (~100g)
- 2 medium carrots (~250g)
- 2 medium potatoes (~450g)
- A little oil
- 100g red lentils
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 750mls vegetable stock
- Peel and slice the onion. Chop the bacon into strips. Peel and dice the carrots and potatoes.
- Fry the onion and bacon in a little oil in a pan over a medium heat, for about 5 minutes or so until the bacon is cooked and the onion is softened
- Add the carrots and potatoes and stir over the heat for a couple of minutes.
- Add the vegetable stock, parsley and lentils. Season with pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for 25-30 minutes (depending on how long it takes your lentils to cook) until the lentils are cooked.
- Taste to check the seasoning (It probably won’t need any salt) and then serve with warm crusty rolls or bread fresh from the bread-maker!
- 1 onion (part of pack Sainsburys basics onions) = 9p,
- ½ pack bacon (Sainsburys unsmoked back bacon 225g buy 2 for £4.50 – you can buy cheaper) = £1.13
- 2 medium carrots (~250g) = 25p
- 2 medium potatoes (~450g – part of pack Sainburys white potatoes 2.5kg for £2.09) = 38p
- 100g lentils = 22p
- Oil, parsley, vegetable stock (guestimate) ~ 35p
Total = £2.42