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Lentil Soup

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#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie

Lentil Soup
Zuppa di Lenticchie
by James Belardo

Over the years I’ve become aware that preparing a dish with lentils is a traditional Italian New Years dish, said to bring good fortune in the 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 grandmother (Nonna) 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 also happens to be extremely healthy and easy to make. 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, we do prefer chicken.

#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - ingredients

Ingredients
1 cup dried Lentils
1 small onion
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
2 carrots
2-3 stalks celery
3 plumb tomatoes
4 cups vegetable (and/or Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
1/2 – 3/4 cup wine, white or red
2-3 cups water
3-4 tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Lemon (freshly squeezed juice)
Fresh flat leaf parsley
2 Bay leaves
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) (optional)
Salt and pepper

Topping
Grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Suggested Pasta
Ditalini
Elbow Pasta
broken Spaghetti

Directions
1. Sauté onions, garlic and pepper flakes in olive oil until the onions begin become translucent and the garlic begins to show browning.
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - sauté #onions & #garlic

2. Add the celery and carrots, mix well and let cook for 5-10 minutes before adding the diced tomatoes.
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - #carrots & #celery #CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - #plumTomatoes #Tomato

3. Once the tomatoes soften, add a cup of stock and let come to a boil
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - 1 cup  #chicken or  #vegetable stock

4. Add  the lentils.
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - then the #lentils

5. As the soup base simmers for 5-10 minutes, and the lentils have cooked for at least 5 minutes a cup of water, let come to a boil.
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - 1 cup water

6. Add the cup of wine and let come to a boil.
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - #wine (white preferred) but red'll do

8. You should add bay leaves at this point but you can add them at any stage when adding liquid.
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - #BayLeaves of course

9. Add the remaining 3 cups of stock, one cup at a time allowing the soup to come to a boil ech time before adding more liquid.
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - 3 cups #chicken or #vegetable #stock 1 at a time

10. Additionally you may add 1 or 2 more cups of water, one cup at a time allowing the soup to come to a boil before adding more liquid
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - 2 cups water (1 at a time) + salt & pepper

11. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper (to taste) and let simmer for at least 20-30 minutes before serving.
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - freshly squeezed #lemon juice

12. Add the fresh flat-leaf parsley a few minutes before adding the pasta
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - fresh #Italian flat leaf #parsley #CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie - some #ditalini #pasta

13. Once the pasta is cooked, serve with grated Romano cheese on top (optional).
#CucinaDelloZio #Homemade #LentilSoup #ZuppaDiLenticchie

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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