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Lentil Soup Recipe

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This recipe for Lentil Soup, by , is from The Lombardo/SaglibeneFamily Cookbook , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Aunt Cay Giambra McGowan
Added: Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 finely chopped yellow onion (more if you like)
1-2 ribs of celery chopped
1 carrot sliced or chopped
1 cup canned tomatoes, cut up, with juice
1 clove garlic, minced
one bay leaf
1/2 lb lentils
4 cups (2 cans) of chicken or beef broth - or homemade broth or just water
1/3 cup shredded pancetta or prosciutto or
2 links cooked mild Italian sausage (meat is optional)
pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese - 3 tbsp or more to taste
1-2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

Directions:
Directions:
Saute vegetables and garlic with olive oil in a stockpot over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the cut up tomatoes and meat if you are using it and let simmer for a few minutes. Add the lentils, the broth, bay leaf and pepper and let simmer for about 45 minutes. The lentils should be tender. If the soup is too thick, add additional broth or water. Some lentils absorb more water than others. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the grated cheese. Check for seasoning. Add a little salt if necessary, and sprinkle with fresh, minced parsley before serving.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
4
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
When I was single and visited Aunt Cay, she sometimes served me homemade lentil soup for lunch and so she is credited with this recipe - but all our mothers, aunts, and grandmothers prepared it in much the same way.

The great thing about lentil soup is that it is so versatile. You can cook it with or without meat. You can add fresh spinach to the vegetarian type right before serving. You can make it with or without tomatoes, with or without the cheese, use water or broth to cook it in. You can also add brown rice at the same time you begin to cook the lentils as it takes about 45 minutes to cook as well. Just remember to add additional liquid. If you prefer white rice, just cook it and add it to the soup at the end. Add water or broth as needed.

This is a very hearty soup and with a salad and fresh bread can make a lovely winter supper.

 

 

 

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