2016-10-15: Made this but omitted the spicy bean paste to cater to the tastes of a 4 year old who doesn’t like spicy food, and we used sherry instead of the wine. We got it to the point of letting it sit for an hour, and then packaged it up. When the time comes, we’ll make the noodles fresh (and probably add in some mushrooms and cabbage) when reheating the main bulk of the soup.
Peal and finely chop the onions and carrots. Finely chop the celery and garlic. Peal and chop the potato into 2cm chunks. Rinse the lentils thoroughly.
Cook the chilli, onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in 1 T olive oil for about 6 min. Add the potato and cook a further 5 min. Add 600 ml water and bring to a simmer. Add bouillon, tomatoes, and lentils. Simmer for 20 min. or until the lentils are soft.
Meanwhile, cook the pancetta for 5 min. until crispy around the edges. Drain and set aside.