Lentil and Tomato Soup

November 8, 2011 10:56:27 AM PST
David Rocco, the host of The Cooking Channel's David Rocco's Dolce Vita is out with a new cookbook, Made In Italy.
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 fresh chili peppers, chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz) tin peeled plum tomatoes
  • 1 can (19 oz) lentils, drained and rinsed
  • Salt, QB
  • Pepper, QB
  • water

In a saucepan, heat olive oil. Add garlic, parsley and chili peppers and saute for a few minutes until the garlic has started to turn golden.

Pour in the plum tomatoes with the juice right from the tin. With the back of a wooden spoon, break up the tomatoes into little chunks. You can decide the consistency. Then add in the rinsed lentils, salt and pepper. Let this simmer for 15-20 minutes until the soup has thickened.

For a heartier version that does not betray the soup's cucina povera roots, break up some sausage and let it slightly brown, just before you add in the tomatoes.

Per 2-4 person

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