Big Soup Recipe

Big soup

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Make this all-in-one soup for a midweek winter warmer. It's packed full of nutritious veg, lentils, pearl barley and salty lardons


Try our big soup then check out our winter pistou soup, spicy butter bean soup, tomato soup and more warming soup recipesWhy not bake a batch of homemade bread rolls to serve on the side, too?



  • bacon lardons 200g
  • leeks 2, chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • carrots 2, diced
  • celery 2 sticks, diced
  • red lentils 4 tbsp
  • pearl barley 4 tbsp
  • chicken stock 1 litre
  • tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • flat-leaf parsley finely chopped to make 2 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Heat a large pan and add the bacon lardons. Cook until golden and the fat has rendered down, then add the leeks, garlic, carrots, celery and 1 tsp salt, and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes until the veg has softened. Stir in the lentils, pearl barley, stock and tomato purée, then simmer for 15 minutes or until the barley and lentils are tender. Stir in the parsley and simmer for another couple of minutes before serving.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 209
  • Fat 9.1g
  • Saturates 3.2g
  • Carbs 17.1g
  • Sugars 3.2g
  • Fibre 3.4g
  • Protein 13g
  • Salt 1.8g