Lentil and Pancetta Soup with Chard, Lemon and Mint
I am suffering from (another) very heavy cold at the moment, which has turned into a chest infection. Even though it is bright and sunny, it is a bit chilly, and I need soup to cheer me up. This Nigel Slater recipe fitted the bill perfectly. Even though I can't taste a thing, it felt like it was doing me good, and it was a perfect way to use a big head of Swiss chard that was staring at me every time I opened the fridge. In Nigel's recipe, he uses spinach, but in Tender, he suggests chard as an alternative. Add the sliced stems first, and then the leaves a few minutes before serving. Hubby says the mint and lemon at the end really lift the whole thing. I'll have to take his word for it! It isn't a very photogenic soup but it is good for you. Veggies could leave out the bacon and use veg stock.