Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,642 to go. Please donate!
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

Could respect for the papacy mean resisting the Pope? 5 hours ago
The Church Moves On, Slowly October 24
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? October 24
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6