Besides helping people achieve financial security through homeownership, I’d like to share another one of my passions with you – Cooking!
Justin’s Lentil Soup with Orzo and Bacon
This is a nice, easy, comfort soup aided by the earthy flavors of bacon and rosemary.
¼ lb. cooked bacon (or pancetta), cut into ½ inch strips
2 carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 large onion, diced
½ lb. mushrooms, sliced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 ½ cups lentils
64 oz. chicken broth (2 of those big boxes)
1 cup water
1 tsp. dried rosemary
One 14.5 oz can tomato puree
1 and ½ tsp. salt (or to taste)
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
¼ tsp. black pepper
½ cup orzo, ditalini, shells, or some other small pasta
2 cups baby spinach
In a large pot, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon but leave the fat, and add carrots, celery, onions, mushroom, and garlic. Sauté about 10 minutes. Add lentils, chicken broth, water, tomatoes, rosemary, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and bacon. Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Add pasta and simmer another 10 minutes or until pasta is done. Add spinach and cook until wilted, another 2 minutes. Taste for salt. Serve in bowls and top with grated parmesan cheese (or some other hard Italian cheese).
I hope your family enjoys this recipe! If you are looking for home-planning (or cooking) advice, I would be happy to be a resource!
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