Papa John’s Rustic Winter Broth

There’s nothing better than a hearty bowl of soup for lunch. This rustic farmer’s broth is perfect for a winter’s day with a slice of crusty bread. But it also works surprising well served at ambient temperature on a hot day. The bacon adds lots of flavour to the soup. Packed with chunky vegetables, it’s really healthy as well as filling. Here’s Papa John’s great recipe.

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  • 5 onions
  • 250g bacon (fat and rind removed)
  • 4 large carrots
  • 3/4 stick celery
  • 1 leek
  • 5 small potatoes
  • 250g red split lentils
  • 3 vegetable stock cubes
  • 1.5 litres water

Rustic Broth Recipe Method

  • Chop the bacon and onions and fry on a gentle heat ensuring the onions don’t brown.
  • Chop the carrots coarsely and add to the pot.
  • Add chopped celery and leek.
  • Add the lentils to the pot and stir. The lentil help to thicken the broth.
  • Add water and stock.

  • Add the chopped potatoes to the pot.
  • Let the broth simmer for 30 minutes stirring regularly.

The soup will freeze well so you can make a big batch then divide into serving sized containers for the freezer. Why not serve with some Irish wheaten bread or toasted soda farls for a tasty St Patrick’s Day lunch?

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