Since the cauliflower only cooks in the soup for a short period of time, the vegetable doesn't develop that overwhelming flavor often associated with it. The flavor of bacon, though, comes through loud and clear. Slideshows: More Warming Soup Recipes
Variation Substitute broccoli florets for the cauliflower. Add them after the lentils have cooked for about twenty-five minutes and then simmer until the broccoli is tender, five to ten minutes longer.
Look to South Africa's native Pinotage grape for something a little unusual to accompany this savory soup. Pinotage produces supple, spicy red wines with a smoky tang and a delicious berry fruitiness.