Bev's Happy Owls

Bacon & Lentil Soup

SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 20 mins ~ Cook time 35 mins ~ SmartPoints 6 per serving

Calorie controlled cooking spray
1 onion, finely chopped
250g carrots, chopped
3 celery sticks, finely chopped
4 rashers Weight Watchers Unsmoked Extra Trimmed Back Bacon, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
Small handful fresh thyme
400g tin green lentils in water, drained and rinsed
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 litre hot vegetable stock, made with 1 stock cube

Mist a large pan with cooking spray and add the onion, carrots, celery and bacon. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, cover, and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins or until the vegetables have softened slightly.

Add the garlic and thyme, then fry for 5 mins. Stir in the lentils, then add the chopped tomatoes and hot vegetable stock.

Bring to the boil, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 mins.

To serve, discard the thyme and ladle the soup into bowls.