Sampling Soup : Bacon and Lentil

145 Calories per 200ml bowl

This one is another half hour easy make (20 mins in the soup maker and 10 to prepare) and the result is a thick consistency which gives a tasty, filling and yet low calorie experience. A great lunch for those of you watching your calories, like me, whilst not wanting to feel deprived.


  • Spray light
  • 4 rashers of bacon with the fat removed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 200g split red lentils
  • 200g sweet potato
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 800ml Ham Stock


  1. Coat your pan with spray light (or oil if you’re not calorie counting) and sauté the chopped onion with the finely chopped garlic and the bacon, (cut into small pieces).
  2. Rinse the lentils
  3. Peel and chop the potato and carrot
  4. Once the onions, garlic and bacon have become soft add all of the ingredients to the soup maker and select the 20 minute ‘smooth’ setting.

(original recipe from

Note – I calculated the total calories for the complete soup to be 942 Kcal for 1300ml and I used the NHS online calorie checker to research the individual ingredients content.

***To reduce calories, I replaced the recommended olive oil with 1 Kcal spray Olive oil. The original recipe also suggested 1 normal medium sized potato, whereas I used 200g of sweet potato (simply because that’s what I had in my cupboard at the time) I also added garlic to the original recipe, and swapped chicken stock for Ham stock which I believe worked well.

To serve I sprinkled with some freshly ground black pepper

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