• 250g small brown or green lentils
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g thick bacon or pancetta, diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely sliced
  • 400g canned tomatoes, chopped
  • 400g canned chickpeas, drained
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp parsley, roughly chopped


Rinse the lentils and place in a pot with the garlic cloves, bay leaves and 1.5 litres of cold water. Cook for 30 minutes or until almost tender, skimming occasionally.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the bacon, onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring well, for 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, stir well, then add the lentils and
their water.
Simmer for 20 minutes until nice and soupy. Add the chickpeas, salt and pepper, and simmer for a further 10 minutes or longer, adding extra water if necessary.
To serve
Stir in the parsley and serve in warm soup bowls.
(As you can see, I forgot the I always seem to forget!  Regardless it's very tasty, especially served with some scrumptious bread - like Rosemary and Potato bread - nope not so healthy!)