Try this with some chicken added. Brown 4 drumsticks and add the stock, simmer for 45 min, remove the chicken legs and shred the meat. Add remaining ingredients to the pan and simmer for 15 min, stir through chicken meat and serve.
1 onion, diced
4 rashers bacon, trimmed of fat, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
4 cups diced vegetables1.5L prepared salt-reduced vegetable stock
1 cup split red lentils, washed, drained
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Cook onion, bacon and garlic for 5 min. Add vegetables and cook, stirring for 5 min.
Add stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 15-20 min or until lentils are tender. Season with cracked black pepper.
Ladle soup into serving bowls. Garnish with parsley sprigs and season with black pepper. Serve with crusty fresh bread.