Thursday, July 21, 2011

Italian Lentil Soup

Homemade Italian Lentil Soup
My Signature....
This is the quintessential Italian pot of love!
I grew up enjoying this heavenly soup made by my
 Italian Nana - the original Concetta!
Everything she made was mouthwatering delectable! 
I miss her and all that she made so special.

I love chopping veggies and prepping for soups!  It is so relaxing to me. 

Veggies sauteeing in olive oil....mmmmm....makes my home smell like heaven! 

It will be ready soon!
We love to serve lentils over Ditilini pasta with lots of Parmesan cheese!

Concetta's Signature Lentil Soup
1-2 bags of lentils
(soak in cold water overnight or for a few hours)
Saute in 2-3 T olive oil the following finely chopped vegetables until soft:
2 large onions
5-6 celery stalks
3 carrots
5-6 garlic cloves 
Season well with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
Add 1/2 ~ 3/4 c white wine and simmer down.
Add lentils to pot and stir well. 
Add chicken and beef stock to cover lentils by 2 inches - 8 to 10 cups.
You may use any broth you like - even veggie broth to make it completely vegetarian.
Add the following herbs & spices to your taste:
Adobo Seasoning
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
Add 1 Bay Leaf
You can also add a can of crushed tomatoes to soup
and 1 T of tomato paste when sauteeing vegetables!
Simmer for 2 hours until beans are tender.
Enjoy an Italian staple with your family!
Mangia! That's True Amore!  

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  1. Concetta, talk about a bowlful of love!!! This is it, and the dishes are gorgeous!!! Mangia for sure, mamma mia!! xo,

  2. Oh yum! Your Grandma's lentil soup looks wonderful, starting with that holy trinity of cooking. (Isn't that what Emeril calls the onion, celery and carrots?) I love lentil soup, but would you believe I have never made it myself before. I will really enjoy using your recipe.

  3. This sounds delicious! I love making soup and even more eating it! Great dish! Thanks for linking it up!

  4. Any original recipe from a Nana's kitchen is a special one; every spoonful a chance to relive those memories. Nice story.

  5. That looks delicious! Thank you for sharing! I just bought a bag of lentils the other day with the intention of making lentil soup, but I didn't have a recipe. Thank you so much for sharing yours! :)

  6. Dear Concetta, thank you for your sweet words to my Family. Your culinary skills are making my mouth water... my Dear departed Dad was a Master Chef and I so miss his inspired and fab creations... alas, my Brother got all of the Culinary Giftings for the next generation. *Le Sigh* Everyone jokes that there isn't a Man alive to tell about my cooking. *LOL* Thankfully I married a Man that loves to create mouthwatering creations in the kitchen so the Family was saved from certain famine! *he he he* In my youth I had an Italian BFF Room-Mate that spoiled me with great Italian foods... you'd think that years of being around great cooks and chefs that some of that skill would have rubbed off... guess that wasn't my particular Gifting so I'll be content with enjoying the delights prepared by others!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  7. You're Nana's lentil soup is wonderful. I love these kind of vintage recipes from loved ones. They are simply the best recipes ever. Won't you please link it up to Vintage Recipe Thursday? :-)
    Enjoy the weekend, Concetta.

  8. I agree, chopping veggies is relaxing. That's my favorite thing about making soup. Looks yummy!

  9. Oh, how wonderful! I love a recipe passed through generations...and this is a winner. I'm printing off a copy to try this fall when the weather gets cool. Thanks, my friend!!!!

  10. Your recipe is a treasure - I love lentils. One of my favorite things in the world is a taco filling made with lentils and no meat. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Concetta, thank you so much for adding your recipe to Vintage Recipe Thursday, and adding my Joy of Desserts link to your post. We love lentils and I'm guessing your nana's recipe will be the one we use from now on. Thank you. :-)

  12. Hi Concetta,
    What a beautiful presentation for your delicious Lentil Soup. It looks like I could just sit right down and enjoy that lovely bowl of goodness and visit with you. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you will come back again real soon. Have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  13. This looks so wonderful, and I love how healthy it is! Thanks for showing off!


  14. Looks so good! I think the kids at home will love this! :)
    Thanks for dropping your link at the Weekday Potluck!

  15. What a lovely comforting recipe - and I agree, making soup is so relaxing! It's lovely that you have your Nana's recipe too - what a wonderful way to remember her. Thank you for sharing this post with Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home.


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