Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Legume Soup

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pork fat
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound various pre-soaked beans and legumes (lentils, peas, wheat, beans, barley, etc.)
  • a few tomatoes (fresh or canned) or 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • seasoning (to taste, salt, herbs, etc.)
  • Details

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Rome, Italy

Pope St. Gregory the Great reigned from 590-604. For such an ancient Pope, we were duty bound to pick traditional dishes from Italian cuisine, colorful and bursting with flavor, whose origins are lost in the mists of time, drawing upon ingredients typical to the Mediterranean countryside. This soup, mentioned by Cato, dates right back to ancient Rome. It has survived the passing of centuries and is still popular for its dietetic and nutritional properties, making it a winter favorite.

DIRECTIONS

In a heat-proof earthenware pot sauté the pork fat with the onion and garlic (remove the garlic from the pan as soon as it becomes golden brown). Add the beans and legumes and stir with a wooden spoon. Add the tomatoes or paste and then fill the pot with cold water. Season and simmer uncovered. The soup is ready when enough water has evaporated away. Serve warm over slices of toasted country bread. If desired, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Recipe Source: Buon Appetito, Your Holiness: The Secrets of the Papal Table by Mariangela Rinaldi and Mariangela Vicini, Arcade Publishing, New York, 2000
Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17