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Lentils and Rapini

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Lentils and Rapini
Lenticchie e Rapini
by James Belardo

Since we Love lentils so much we’re always looking for ways to incorporate them in our meals. Pairing savory and sweet stewed lentils with rapini not only matches up well but provides a powerfully healthy punch!

2 cans lentils, rinsed and drained
1 bunch rapini
1/4 lb. pancetta (optional)
1/2 onion, cut
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 cup hand-crushed plum tomatoes
1/2 cup Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
Fresh basil
Flat-leaf parsley
olive oil
lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional

Starch suggestions
Brown rice
farfalle pasta 

Rapini Prep 

     1. Boil cut up rapini for 2 minutes in salt
2. Toss into large bowl of cold water (with ice).
3. drain and pat dry

     1. preheat 2 tbsp olive oil and sauté garlic
2. When garlic begins to soften, add the blanched rapini.
3. Let cook for a few minutes, add salt and pepper to taste
4. Add the lemon juice, toss well and remove and set aside

1. Preheat 2 tbsp of olive oil and cook the pancetta

2. sauté onions and garlic (with optional hot pepper flakes).

3. When the onions show signs of translucency and the garlic begins to soften, add the hand-crushed tomatoes.

4. After it comes to a simmer, toss in the drained lentils.

5. Let cook for a few minutes and then toss in some fresh basil, salt and pepper

6. When tender, remove.

7. Serve with brown rice (suggested) and plate with rapini on top


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Written by Zio James

February 1, 2017 at 5:14 PM

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