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Lentil Soup
Zuppa di Lenticchie
by James Belardo

A dish with lentils is a traditional Italian New Year’s dish, it’s said to bring good fortune in the coming new year. We look at it as a great way to celebrate the new year, and what better way to usher in the new year but with a bowl of comforting Lentil Soup? My grandma made it throughout the year but I remember it most during the fall and winter months. Lentil Soup is one of our favorite soups, it’s simple to make and extremely healthy. Our take is made with a basic soup soffritto (garlic, onions. carrots and celery) and chicken stock. Chicken stock might be typically used but it also be made with other stocks such as vegetable or even beef stock but we prefer to use chicken stock.

Ingredients
1 cup dried lentils
1 small onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
2 carrots, sliced
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
3 plum tomatoes, diced
4 cups Chicken stock (try our homemade version), vegetable stock can also be used.
1 cup wine, white or red
4 cups water
Olive Oil
1/2 Lemon (freshly squeezed juice)
Fresh flat leaf parsley
2 Bay leaves
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional
Salt and pepper – to taste

Topping
Grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Suggested Pasta
Ditalini
Elbow Pasta
broken Spaghetti

Directions
1. Sauté onions, garlic and optional hot pepper flakes in olive oil until the onions begin become translucent and the garlic begins to soften.
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2. When the onions and garlic are cooked to your liking, add the celery and carrots, mix well and let cook for about 5-10 minutes allowing the carrots and celery to soften.
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3. Once the carrots and celery soften, add the diced tomatoes. Mix well, when the tomatoes begin to break down, add a cup of stock and let the base come to a boil.
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4. Add the lentils and let cook for 5 minutes or so, stir frequently.
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5. Let the soup base simmer for about 5-10 minutes and then add a cup of water.
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6. When the base returns to a boil, add the cup of wine, let return to a boil.
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7. You can add the bay leaves at this point.
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8. As the bass simmers, add the remaining 3 cups of stock and water, one cup at a time allowing the soup base to return to a boil each time before adding more liquid.
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9. As the soup base simmers, add your seasoning (salt and pepper) to taste. Taste frequently.
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10. Finally, add fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley and the lemon juice, Continue to taste and add salt and pepper and more water if needed.
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11. While simmering the soup, you can make the pasta. 

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12. Once the pasta is cooked, put some pasta in a bowl, add some soup and serve with grated Pecorino Romano cheese.
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Enjoy

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Written by Zio James

January 14, 2015 at 2:41 PM

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  1. […] Ah, another new year has awakened! We at Cucina Dello Zio welcome the new year and all it has to offer, bring it on! To usher in the year we decided to make one of our favorite and comforting soups, Lentil Soup (recipe here)!  […]


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