An easy and hearty lentil soup, Italian style

RECIPE FINDER

February 02, 2005|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Betty Koss of Amherst, Mass., was looking for a simple recipe for hearty Italian Lentil Minestrone Soup. George DiVito from Springdale, Ark., sent in his favorite recipe for Italian Lentil Soup.

It was easy to prepare and, when paired with a nice loaf of bread and a salad, made a wonderful supper on a cold, snowy night. I followed DiVito's suggestion and drizzled the bowls with olive oil and a generous amount of freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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Italian Lentil Soup

Makes 10 to 12 servings

1 carrot, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 whole onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

10 cups water (plus more, if needed)

1 small (8-ounce) can tomato sauce or puree

1 can broth, veggie, chicken or beef

one 1-pound bag dried lentils, rinsed

one 1-pound box of ditalini or small shells

salt and pepper to taste

Saute carrot, celery, onion and garlic cloves in a large soup pan for 5 minutes in olive oil. Add water, tomato sauce, broth and lentils.

Cook over medium heat for 1 hour, adding water as necessary. Add shells and cook until pasta is done, continuing to add water as necessary. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Per serving: 299 calories; 16 grams protein; 4 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 52 grams carbohydrate; 11 grams fiber; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 231 milligrams sodium

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