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French Lentil Soup Recipe

French lentil soup is a hearty and flavorful soup that is perfect for a comforting meal on a chilly day. This classic soup is made with tender green lentils, bacon, aromatic vegetables, and savory herbs, creating a delicious and nutritious dish that is both filling and satisfying.

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 slices (130g/4.5oz) thick-cut bacon , finely diced
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
4 baby leeks (or 2 small leeks), white and green parts only, finely diced
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups (275g) dried French green lentils (or any kind of green or brown lentils), rinsed and drained
1 can (14oz/397g) crushed tomatoes
8 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried)
2 bay leaves

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