January-February Comfort Foods
In these two cold months I love making my Italian Grandmothers favorite comfort foods that I grew up on. Pasta Fagioli, Minestra and beans, Lentil soup. Does anybody have a great comfort food recipe that they have eaten as a kid and make it themselves now? Must have nice crusty bread for mopping
Italian Lentil Stew
2 cups green lentils - simmered until tender and drained
1 cup cooked rice
1 pound ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
1 quart homemade tomato sauce
1 quart water
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, beaten egg, garlic, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, parsley, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Form ground beef mixture into 1 inch balls. Place meatballs in skillet and cook 5 minutes or until evenly brown.
In a large pot, bring the tomato sauce and 4 cups water to a boil. Transfer the browned meatballs to the pot. Mix in cooked lentils and rice. Return to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes. The end product should be thick enough to stand a spoon up in it! Bowl up and sprinkle liberally with grated parm cheese.
You can use your own tomato sauce recipe and your own meatball recipe if you prefer. This is one of my family's favorite recipes from my mom..I hope you like it.
My wife made me Arroz con Pollo last night with corn tortillas. This dish still continues to be one of my favorites.