Zuppa di Lenticchie (Lentil Soup) is a classic Italian dish served normally as a “primo piatto”. This means it is served as the first dish of a meal. In Calabria, where my family is from, dinners are normally several courses long. The first dish is the soup or pasta followed by a meat, salad, fruit, etc. Lentils used to be given as stocking stuffers during Christmas. Then once the holidays were over the woman would make this soup for their family to cleanse their stomachs of all the sweets and rich foods eaten during the passed couple of weeks. Lentil soup is the perfect dish to enjoy during the cold months of winter. Not only is it incredibly simple to make but this dish is an excellent source of fiber and rich in iron. So you can enjoy a nice warm bowl bowl of lentil soup to fill you up and keep you slim.
With the brisk wind blowing and the colorful leaves falling there is no doubt that the fall season has arrived. What better way to enjoy this beautiful weather than with a warm bowl of creamy tomato bisque. It’s comfort food at it’s best. A bisque is a rich, smooth, creamy soup often made with loads of vegetables, broth and thickened with a roux (roo).
Brrrrrr it’s cold outside! According to the meteorologist we’re supposed to be getting snow this weekend here in New York. That’s the perfect time to stay inside, Netflix binge, and have some soup! Luckily, I have the perfect recipe for you. Mommy’s “Feel Better” Soup is simple to put together, very inexpensive, and can be made all in one pot….which means less time washing dishes and more catching up on House of Cards! ( I love that show!) This is definitely my go to recipe and I know it will be yours too. With the cold weather comes the sniffles and sneezes. This warm hearty soup is perfect when your feeling under the weather.
The first time I had ever tried beef stew was when my mother in law Mary aka Mama made it for us in our home in Connecticut. It really hit the spot especially on that brisk day. The leaves were just starting to turn colors and there was a little chill in the air. Mama was watching the baby while Dave and I went to work and that night she made this stew for dinner. I walked into the house and instantly gravitated to the kitchen.
During the summer and fall seasons you will begin to see Romano Beans being sold at your local market. Originating in Italy the Romano Bean is like the Cousin Dom of the snap peas. They are a little meatier and crunchier in texture but tender enough to enjoy in soups like the one above. They generally grow to about 5 to 8 inches in length, come in several different colors, and can be enjoyed raw or cooked.