Provencal lentil, cabbage and bacon soup
A warming and nourishing Provençal soup with lentils, cabbage, carrots, potato, and a little chopped bacon.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 bacon rasher—finely chopped
1 stick celery—finely diced
1 onion—finely diced
1 carrot—finely diced
2 cloves garlic—finely chopped
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
1 potato—peeled and diced
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup red lentils
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

HEAT the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and cook the bacon for 2 minutes. ADD the onion, celery and carrot and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. ADD the garlic, thyme and potato and cook a further minute, stirring to combine. ADD the cabbage, lentils, stock, salt and pepper, bring to the boil and cover with a lid. REDUCE the heat to medium and SIMMER for 20 minutes.