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Author Notes: This soup is a marvel! It’s cheap and easy to make, it’s nutritious and tasty and you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime at all. Make a large batch and eat some right away, put some in the frig for later in the week, and freeze some to eat a couple weeks down the road. You can make several different soups from this basic recipe by adding pasta, Escarole, or sausage. Eat it with a salad as a starter and some good bread and you have a com-plete tasty meal.
This recipe along with other wonderful Italian recipes can be found in my book "La Tavola"
Italian-American New Yorkers Adventures of The Table .... Daniel Bellino Zwicke
- 16 ounces Dry Lentils
- 6 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 whole Onions cut in medium dice
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and dice
- 5 Carrots, peeled and cut in medium dice
- 4 stalks Celery, washed and cut in medium dice
- 2 Idaho Potatoes, peeled & cut in medium dice
- 1/2 cup Pancetta, or Bacon diced
- 1 1/2 cups diced tomato, canned or fresh
- 8 cups chicken broth
- Salt & Black Pepper to taste
- Add Bacon or Pancetta to a large pot. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes to render fat. Drain off all fat and leave Pancetta in pot.
- Add olive oil to pot, along with Garlic and onions. Saute over low heat for 6 minutes. Season with salt & Pepper to taste. Add Carrots and continue cooking for 4 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, saute for 5 minutes.
- Add Lentil that have been washed with cold water. Add Chicken Broth. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and let cook for about 40 minutes until the lentils are tender but still have a slight bite.
- Serve. Add to soup bowl with a dash of olive oil. You can add some cooked short pasta like Ditalini or other. Sprinkle with Parmigiano and enjoy