Tomato Lentil Soup
Brrrrr, is anyone else feeling the wrath of this cold front that’s ravaging the US this week!? One of the reasons I love where I live is that it doesn’t generally get too cold, but this week is definitely the exception! I feel so sad when I look at my phone before taking my dog out for a walk and see “feels like 1 degree.” The one thing I need when it is this cold (besides some warm mulled wine) is a warm bowl of hearty soup. This tomato lentil soup definitely makes the cold weather a little more bearable.
Lentil soup is extra important this time of year. Italians have a tradition of eating lentil soup after the clock strikes midnight to ring in the New Year. Lentils are said to bring you good luck in the New Year. Apparently this is because their round shape resembles coins. I added frozen peas to this soup, which are also round, so I consider this version to be extra lucky. Who doesn’t want a few more coins this year!?
Whether or not they bring you good luck, this tomato lentil soup is worth making! Lentils are a great source of non-meat protein and all the veggies in this make it super hearty and healthy. I know not everyone adds tomatoes to their lentils, but hey, I’m Italian and we think tomatoes make everything better.
I also think adding a parmesan rind to this tomato lentil soup makes a huge difference. Whenever I finish my parmesan cheese, I wrap the rind in plastic wrap, place it in a zip loc bag and freeze it. Then, whenever you’re making a soup like this, you can throw the rind in for some extra flavor. Just remember to remove it before serving, or someone might end up with a surprise in their bowl!
Does anyone else have New Year’s food traditions? I’d love to hear them!