Hearty Lentil Soup with Spinach

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated January/February 2004

Does a bowl of lentil soup sound about as inspiring as a serving of instant oatmeal? We set out to put the taste and texture back into this simple dish.

SERVES4 to 6 (Makes about 2 quarts)

TIME1½ hours

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

We wanted a lentil soup recipe that would give us a brightly colored and flavored soup that was hearty but not too thick, with a subtle, smoky depth from meat. We sweated the lentils in a covered pan with aromatic vegetables and bacon befor...

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