Lentil Soup - Italian Style

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Carolyn Haas

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Lentils are a symbol of wealth and prosperity in Italy. Whether or not that's true, lentils are a good, low-fat source of protein and other nutrients. This version uses less pancetta in order to keep down the fat, but enough to add some good flavor!

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Serves:
4
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 1 c
    lentils
  • 4 c
    beef broth
  • 2 oz
    pancetta
  • 1/4 c
    chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh basil, minced (1 teas dried)
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh marjoram, minced (1/2 teas. dried
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 4 slice
    hearty italian bread, toasted (optional)
  • 1/4 c
    shredded parmesan cheese, to garnish

How to Make Lentil Soup - Italian Style

Step-by-Step

  1. Rinse lentils. Fry pancetta until crisp, remove from pan and drain on paper towel.
  2. In a large pot, combine lentils, pancetta, chopped onion, beef broth, basil, majoram, tomato paste and bay leaves. Bring to boiling, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or lentils are tender.
  3. Remove bay leaves. Sprinkle toasted bread with parmesan cheese and place under broiler until cheese melts.
  4. To serve, ladle into soup bowls and top each serving with a slice of cheesy, toasted bread.

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About Lentil Soup - Italian Style

Course/Dish: Bean Soups
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Italian



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