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Hardy Lendique(Lentil) Soup With Pancetta Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Joe & Gloria LoCicero
Added: Saturday, November 17, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 T extra virgin olive oil
4 oz pancetta (Italian bacon) 1/4 in. diced
3 cloves minced garlic, 1 c finely diced carrots
1/2 c finely diced celery, 2 c chopped onions
2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes(fire roasted are best), 2 bay leaves
7 c low sodium chicken broth, 1/2 black pepper
1 1/2 c dry lentils, rinsed and picked over
salt to taste, 3/4 c dry sherry wine
1/3 c chopped parsley, 4 oz Parmesan cheese
chopped celery leaves and parsley to garnish

Directions:
Directions:
Heat oil in a large saucepan and saute pancetta for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain all but a couple of tablespoons of oil. Add garlic, carrots, celery, onion, and Italian seasoning, frequently stirring for about 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes(with juice), broth, lentils, and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about an hour or until the lentils are tender.
Add the salt, pepper, wine, and parsley and simmer for 3 to 5 additional minutes until the wine flavor is aromatic.
Serve each portion with a sprinkle of cheese, parsley and celery leaves.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
25 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Sam (Joe's dad) enjoyed mom's lentil soup. Dad would sit with a bowl of this soup and listen to classical music or pro football. " Lendique" I am quite certain is a phonetic Italian-Spanish version of lentil. Mom at times created a language of her own. The proscuitto was probably obtained at Nanno and Nanna's 8th avenue grocery store called A LoCicero's Grocery; the area now known as Ybor Central.
At the time, we were living above the store and I (Joe) would sometimes walk to the Casino Theater with Nanno to watch an Italian or Spanish movie mostly for a popcorn treat; leaving shortly thereafter. The trolley now runs right in front of where the store used to be.

 

 

 

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