1In glass jar, place 1/2 cup of the red lentils; top with sun-dried tomatoes and bacon pieces. Place bay leaf, stem side down, against side of jar. Layer brown lentils over bacon; top with dried minced onion, parsley flakes, basil and remaining 1/2 cup red lentils. Cover; refrigerate until ready to make soup or up to 2 weeks.
2In 2-quart saucepan, place contents of jar. Stir in broth, water and carrots. Heat to boiling over medium heat; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.