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Willow:The Kitten Sous Chef November 6, 2011

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Fugly Food

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It snowed in DC last weekend. Like real real snow and real sleet, crazy right? That kind of stuff doesn’t happen often down here and especially not in October. Rachel and I have decided these crazy weather things keep happening because the end of the world is coming, obviously. To deal with this revelation we ate a TON of Halloween candy and some ugly looking soup.

I have decided that some of the best food I have eaten has also been some of the messy and ugly looking food. The Italian lentil soup we ate last weekend is definitely  one of  the most unattractive  looking soups I’ve eaten or cooked before. It was downright beastly looking. It also happened to be the tastiest lentil soups I’ve had to date.

So all when it’s cold outside or and you find yourself wearing a green snuggie, that somehow ended up in your apartment, make yourself some fugly looking soup and enjoy.

Italian Lentil Soup

(Serves 4-6)

1/4 cup butter (unsalted)
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/3 cup dried pastina or ditalini (any tiny shape) — I used Ditalini
4 tbsp finely chopped, fresh parsley
14oz of cooked brown lentils
6 1/2 cups vegetable broth
salt and freshly ground black pepper
freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve
Melt butter in a large saucepan and saute the garlic for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the pasta, chopped parsley, garlic and stir. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes, then add the lentils and stock, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked   Serve with a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese and some crusty garlic bread.