Lentil and Carrot Soup

Pancetta is salt-cured pork the Italian version of bacon. It is usually sold in a large rolled form and can be purchased in Italian delicatessens and some specialty supermarkets.

Serves: 10Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 1 hour 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 10


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1⁄2 lb. pancetta, diced
  • 3 medium yellow onions, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3⁄4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cups dried lentils
  • 12 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Lightly brown the pancetta for about 4 minutes. Add the onions and sauté for 1 minute. Add the carrots and celery and sauté for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour, uncovered.
  • Discard the bay leaves and serve.