Lentil Soup with Lentils from Italy
Hearty Italian Lentil Soup
Published on April 3, 2019
1 hrs 45 minsJump to Nutrition Facts
1 cup lentils
1 ⅓ quarts water, divided
⅔ cup uncooked long grain white rice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
1 quart tomato sauce
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese for topping
- Place lentils in a pot with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
- Bring rice and 1 1/3 cup water to boil in a pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, beaten egg, garlic, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, parsley, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Form ground beef mixture into 1 inch balls. Place meatballs in skillet and cook 5 minutes or until evenly brown.
- In a large pot, bring the tomato sauce and 4 cups water to a boil. Transfer the browned meatballs to the pot. Mix in cooked lentils and rice. Return to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese to serve.
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