French Lentil Soup

This soup is so simple. With the nutritious lentils and greens it is a true one pot wonder!



1 TBS bacon fat (you can use butter or olive oil, but the bacon fat is better!)

1 onion, diced

23 medium carrots, sliced

2 cloves garlic, diced

1 cup French green lentils, rinsed and drained

1 bay leaf

1 14-oz can diced tomatoes with liquid

1 bunch of greens, collard or spinach

1/3 cup rice

68 cups chicken broth

warm water as needed


In a large pot, saute the carrots, onion and garlic in the bacon fat until soft and translucent.  Add the greens and saute until they are wilted down (about 2 or 3 minutes).  Add the lentils, bay leaf, tomatoes, and broth.  Toss in a little salt and pepper.  Simmer for about 20 minutes.  Add the rice and cook for about 25 more minutes until the rice and lentils are cooked.  Taste for seasoning and add salt & pepper as needed.  This should be a thick soup, but you can add warm water to adjust the consistency to your preference.