Italian-style lentil soup

65

PREP TIME

20 min

TOTAL TIME

40 min

Serves

8

Italian-style lentil soup

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

A hearty winter soup packed with healthy legumes, plus pancetta, rosemary and parmesan to round out the flavour.


Ingredients

  • 900 mL no-salt chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups green lentils , rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil , divided
  • 110 g pancetta , diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 large onion , diced
  • 2 carrots , diced
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2/3 cup finely grated parmesan , divided, plus more for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • COMBINE broth, water, lentils, bay leaves and rosemary in a large pot over medium-high. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, until lentils are softened, 20 min.
  • HEAT 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over medium. Add pancetta and cook until browned, 4 min. Add onion, carrots, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until vegetables are tender, about 10 min. Add to lentils and continue cooking, covered, until lentils are tender, about 15 min. Remove and discard bay leaves, rosemary and thyme sprigs. Stir in cheese. To serve, drizzle with remaining 2 tbsp oil and sprinkle with more parmesan. Kitchen Tip: Cooking lentils and vegetables separately saves you time while delivering full flavour. Add leftover parmesan rind to your broth mixture for added flavour.

Chatelaine Quickies: Easy veggie soup

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 279,
  • Protein
  • 16 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27 g,
  • Fat
  • 12 g,
  • Fibre
  • 6 g,
  • Sodium
  • 549 mg.
  • Excellent source of
  • vitamin A