Italian Lentil and Escarole Soup

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Perfect Italian Lentil Soup to warm you up in a hurry, be sure to have Italian Crusty Bread with your soup.

You can make a whole meal with this soup, it will certainly warm you up. The memories of my grandmother making this warm my soul alone. Simple ingredients that became a banquet.

I love a great bowl of lentil soup. I usually boil everything together then take out the chunky vegetables and puree them for intense great flavors. You can leave them all whole if you like

This soup is full of flavor and will satisfy your hunger, healthy and low fat. A great combo with escarole.

On a cold winter day in Upstate NY, we would sit there sorting the tiny rocks from the dried lentils, getting them ready to soak over night. Couldn't wait till the next day to eat this soup, now we have easier ways to do this, still sorting them but you can do make lentils in the crockpot overnight, freeze whatever you haven't waste.

1 cup dried lentil washed and sorted soaked overnight in water with 1/2 teaspoon salt or do whole package in crockpot overnight and freeze the rest.

4 cups chicken broth (I make my own click here)
1/2 cup white wine
4 tablespoon oil
2 sprigs of fresh parsley
3 cloves garlic cleaned
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
 Optional: 1 cup diced tomatoes,1 sauteed diced onion
1 head of escarole cleaned and boiled making sure they are cooked through drain, then chopped fine when cooled
1/2 teaspoon of salt, pepper to taste
handful of carrots, 2 stalks celery 
(for meat flavoring, add ham bone or prociutto while simmering.) 

Grandma would put any meat leftover from Sunday sauce or through the week.

Place fresh lentils in a crock pot filled to the top over night with water on low around 6 hours or make to package instructions. Drain and rinse. Or just cook the to package instructions.

Process in food processor garlic, celery, garlic, parsley. Put oil in a soup pot, add the minced vegetables, carrots and tomatoes escarole, garlic powder, add salt and pepper to taste.
When the carrots are cooked I take them out and puree them. Add back to the soup for flavor.
Add wine and broth and cover pot. Bring to boil, lower heat, add lentils. Simmer until lentil are cooked add more chicken broth if gets too thick if you prefer thinner soup. Soup is very thick, Serve with Italian Fresh grated cheese and crusty Italian bread.


  1. Soup is one of my favorite meals, in fact we are making a Southwest soup tonight.

    Your lentil and escarole soup looks wonderful....getting out my soup spoon now!

  2. This soup il delicious, one of my favorites. Great ;)

  3. Perfect. I love putting escarole into soup -and bring on those lentils! I'm warm already.

  4. There are no end to good lentil soups, and what a lovely earthy one this! We tend to use chard as escarole is not so common here (in Melbourne Australia!)

  5. @cajunchefRyan thank you :)
    @Frederica not too many love lentils its one of my favorites too
    @Claudia thanks I know your soups are all fantastic as well!
    @joy wow love to visit your world someday, so honored you appreciate this thank you! Funny I live in Melbourne Florida~ wow!!!

  6. yum, such comfort in that bowl of soup ... this is another of your recipes I know I will like, thanks for posting it and keep them coming

  7. Lentils have always been a favorite of mine! Soup looks delicious!

  8. One of my favorite foods is escarole. I love the taste of it, especially with beans. This soup looks so good and I know it would go great with your bread!

  9. oh wow great soup and so healthy Rebecca

  10. What a comforting bowl of yum! Totally delicious with that crusty hunk of bread for dunking.

  11. I make a similar soup, what a great recipe!

  12. A wonderful, delicious soup, what a great combination of ingredients!

  13. Claudia, the soup looks so sumptious and I noticed that the beans are really soft & tender. Just perfect! Btw, how's life at your working place? Busy?

  14. Lentil soup with crusty bread...does it get any better than that? (Oh, and a nice glass of red wine.) I've never added escarole before but it looks like I should be doing that. This looks divine!

  15. i love the lentils soup,your is great!

  16. This is just the perfect thing to make for a one-pot meal: simple, healthy, delicious, and satisfying.

  17. A wonderful, warming and healthy soup indeed!

  18. I love making big batches of this kind of's even better the next day. And so healthy, too.

  19. You will never guess what my tomorrow post is. I'll give you a clue it's amazingly similar to yours. This sounds good.


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