Monday, October 10, 2011

Lentil Soup (Zuppa di lenticchie)

The weather is getting cold here in Northern Europe, what about starting the week with a  lentil soup recipie to warm up? Lentils are good and healty, a very good source of proteins and...colesterol free!
In Italy I would use one of the many different types of lentils: lenticchie di Castelluccio di Norcia (DOP), le lenticchie verdi di Altamura, le lenticchie di Villalba, le lenticchie di Colfiorito, le lenticchie del Fucino e le lenticchie di Mormanno... they are delicious but difficult to find abroad, for this recipie I use common French green or brown lentils. I like to make my soup a little spicy, if you don't like spicy food don't add the red chili. This recipie is perfect for vegetarians or vegans. Serve the lentil soup warm with few drops of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the top....simple and delicious, enjoy!

Serving 6

400gr Lentils (French green or brown)
1 Medium onion (or 2 small)
1 Carrot
1 Rib of celery
1 medium tomato
1 Garlic clove
2 Medium potatoes
1 Fresh red chili
3 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 liter water
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Finely chop the onions, celery, carrot, garlic, red chili.

Cut the potatoes and the tomato in cubes.

Pour the olive olil in a pan (better if you have a French large Cocotte), add the onions, carrot, celery,  garlic and chili. Stir and cook for few minutes.

After few minutes add the prevously washed lentils, the potatoes and tomato cubes, stir well and add the water. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to boil then low the heat and cook for 40-45 minutes.

After 45 minutes taste the soup, if lentils are soft, your soup is ready. Serve it warm with few drops of extra virgin olive oil. Buon Appetito!

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