Thursday, March 11, 2010

Italian Lentil and Escarole Soup

Perfect Italian Lentil Soup to warm you up in a hurry, be sure to have Italian Crusty Bread with your soup.

This soup is full of flavor and will satisfy your hunger, healthy and low fat. A great combo with escarole.



Simmer adding the wine last.



A simple hearty soup.


Clean escarole boil in salted water till tender.




On a cold wintry day in Upstate NY, we would sit there sorting the tiny rocks from the dried lentils, getting them ready to soak over night. Couldn't wait till the next day to eat this soup, now we have easier ways to do this, still sorting them but you can do make lentils in the crockpot overnight, freeze whatever you haven't used....no waste.

1 cup dried lentil washed and sorted soaked overnight in water with 1/2 teaspoon salt or do whole package in crockpot overnight and freeze the rest.

4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
4 tablespoon oil
2 sprigs of fresh parsley
3 cloves garlic cleaned
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 celery stalk with leaves washed and minced
1 head of escarole cleaned and boiled making sure they are cooked through drain, then chopped fine when cooled
1/2 teaspoon of salt, pepper to taste

Note:
(for meat flavoring, add ham bone or prociutto while simmering.)

Place fresh lentils in a crock pot filled to the top over night with water on low around 6 hours or make to package instructions. Drain and rinse.
Process in food processor garlic, celery, garlic, parsley. Put oil in a soup pot, add the minced vegetables, escarole, garlic powder, add salt and pepper to taste.
Add wine and broth and cover pot. Bring to boil, lower heat, add lentils. Simmer until lentil are cooked add more chicken broth if gets too thick if you prefer thinner soup. Soup is very thick, Serve with Italian Fresh grated cheese and crusty Italian bread.

19 comments:

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Soup is one of my favorite meals, in fact we are making a Southwest soup tonight.

Your lentil and escarole soup looks wonderful....getting out my soup spoon now!

Federica said...

This soup il delicious, one of my favorites. Great ;)

Claudia said...

Perfect. I love putting escarole into soup -and bring on those lentils! I'm warm already.

Joy said...

There are no end to good lentil soups, and what a lovely earthy one this! We tend to use chard as escarole is not so common here (in Melbourne Australia!)

pegasuslegend said...

@cajunchefRyan thank you :)
@Frederica not too many love lentils its one of my favorites too
@Claudia thanks I know your soups are all fantastic as well!
@joy wow love to visit your world someday, so honored you appreciate this thank you! Funny I live in Melbourne Florida~ wow!!!

Drick said...

yum, such comfort in that bowl of soup ... this is another of your recipes I know I will like, thanks for posting it and keep them coming

HoneyB said...

Lentils have always been a favorite of mine! Soup looks delicious!

Nicole said...

One of my favorite foods is escarole. I love the taste of it, especially with beans. This soup looks so good and I know it would go great with your bread!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow great soup and so healthy Rebecca

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What a comforting bowl of yum! Totally delicious with that crusty hunk of bread for dunking.

Kathy Gori said...

I make a similar soup, what a great recipe!

5 Star Foodie said...

A wonderful, delicious soup, what a great combination of ingredients!

My Little Space said...

Claudia, the soup looks so sumptious and I noticed that the beans are really soft & tender. Just perfect! Btw, how's life at your working place? Busy?

My Man's Belly said...

Lentil soup with crusty bread...does it get any better than that? (Oh, and a nice glass of red wine.) I've never added escarole before but it looks like I should be doing that. This looks divine!

alison said...

i love the lentils soup,your is great!

Trix said...

This is just the perfect thing to make for a one-pot meal: simple, healthy, delicious, and satisfying.

Danielle said...

A wonderful, warming and healthy soup indeed!

kathyvegas said...

I love making big batches of this kind of soup..it's even better the next day. And so healthy, too.

Greg said...

You will never guess what my tomorrow post is. I'll give you a clue it's amazingly similar to yours. This sounds good.