Thursday, February 28, 2013

Curried Lentils and Tomatoes Stew

My sister was complimenting me on my food blog recently and she said, “Uh it’s pretty clear from your blog that you love bacon and soup.”  That I do, that I do.  I swear I decided to make this mainly because of the curry and lentils. The bacon just happened to be there.  I don’t even search out for bacon recipes anymore, bacon finds me!  

While I love my regular lentil soup recipe, this is a great change with all the healthy deliciousness of lentils but with a completely different flavor.  I added half and half at the end since I had the nonfat kind from Trader Joe’s handy but I think it would’ve been fine without it.  We’re nearing the end of soup/stew weather, and that makes me very sad because I have so many yummy ones like this that I’ll miss over the hot spring and summer months!

Servings: 6 (but I can totally make this a 2-3 mealer for me)

4 bacon slices (I use turkey)
1 vidalia onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup dried lentils
½ cup carrots, chopped
½ cup celery, chopped
5 ounces mushrooms, chopped (I like baby bella)
2 teaspoons curry powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 (14.5 ounce) cans of no salt, diced tomatoes (undrained)
½ cup half and half
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or 2 tablespoons of dry sherry)
Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat Dutch oven over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
  • Add 1 chopped onion, 5 oz chopped mushrooms, 4 minced garlic cloves, and 4 chopped bacon slices.  Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 4 cups chicken broth, 1 cup lentils, ½ cup chopped carrots, ½ cup chopped celery, 5 oz chopped mushrooms, 2 tsps curry powder, ½ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, and 2 cans of diced tomatoes.  Stir together and bring to a boil.  Then reduce heat and let simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  
  • Stir in ½ cup half and half and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (or 2 tbsps of dry sherry).

The girls are always lurking. But they weren't as intrigued by the curry aromas.
I always top of my bowls of soup and stew with extra black pepper.  Hey what are you girls doing down there?? 
Enjoy! But don't feed any sad pugs curry.  I opted instead to feed them baby carrots.  Everyone was pleased.
Adapted from My Recipes.


  1. I am gonna make this tomorrow. Hope I don't f-up the recipe, lol. Looks so yummy.....

  2. Success !! It was delish... I used real (fatty) bacon tho : )

    1. Glad to hear it come out yummy! Haha real (fatty) bacon must've been even more delicious!