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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!

I’m sharing this and my Mulled Wine recipe at today’s Fiesta Friday!

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Tomato Lentil Soup
This tomato lentil soup is warming and full of healthy flavors, and it might just bring you some luck in the New Year!
lentil soup in pot
Course Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Servings
people
Ingredients
lentil soup in pot
Instructions
  1. In a large pot heat the olive oil on medium low heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Next, add the turmeric, oregano, bay leaf and tomato paste. Stir to combine the tomato paste with the vegetables.
  3. Add the canned tomatoes and the chicken stock. Then, add the lentils and give it all a stir. Add the parmesan rind, if using. Bring to a simmer and cook until the lentils are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Add the frozen peas and allow them to thaw in the soup. Serve with parmesan cheese and crusty bread, enjoy!
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