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Lentil Soup

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Ingredients
  Lentils 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Meat broth/3 cups canned beef broth 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Water 8 Cup (128 tbs)
  Celery stalks 2 , finely chopped
  Carrots 2 , finely chopped
  Canned crushed italian tomatoes 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Onion 1 Medium, finely chopped
  Chopped parsley 2 Tablespoon
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), chopped
  Pancetta 1⁄4 Pound, chopped
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground pepper To Taste
  Italian bread slices 10 (Thick)
  Grated parmesan cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

Place lentils in a large bowl.
Add enough cold water to cover and let stand overnight.
Discard any lentils that float to the surface.
Drain and rinse lentils thoroughly.
Prepare Meat Broth.
Place lentils in a large saucepan.
Add water, broth, celery and carrots.
Cover and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat.
Simmer 50 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Press tomatoes through a food mill or sieve, to remove seeds.
Heat oil in a small saucepan.
Add onion, parsley and garlic.
Saute over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes.
Add pancetta.
Saute 2 to 3 minutes or until pancetta is lightly browned.
Add tomato pulp.
Season with salt and pepper.
Reduce heat.
Cook uncovered 15 to 20 minutes.
With a slotted spoon, place a third of lentil mixture in a blender or food processor.
Process until smooth.
Return to saucepan.
Add tomato mixture.
Simmer uncovered 10 minutes.
Taste and adjust for seasoning.
Toast bread until golden on both sides.
Place 1 slice toasted bread in each soup bowl.
Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.
Ladle soup into bowls.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Saute
Dish: 
Soup

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