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Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

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Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

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Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

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Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

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Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

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Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Lentil Soup with Pasta, Bacon, and Garlic

When I hear the word lentil my mind immediately thinks of the Mediterranean. I have visions of sunny skies, blue horizons and life of all forms. Emotion sweeps over me. The reaction is the same if I run across the word in a recipe. I am happy and humbled at the same time. I feel a deep sense of connection to past and present, near and far, abundance and wanting. It’s a powerful experience evoked by this ancient pulse.

Today with gratitude I made Lentil Soup with Pasta, Bacon and Garlic. It was a family affair. As I prepared ingredients, my husband and I chatted about how we’ll make it to Europe one day. My 2 ½ year old son was unofficial sous-chef. That’s his hand in the photo adjusting the parsley. It was great to eat altogether. Our schedules have made shared meals a luxury.


The soup is flavorful, earthy and very filling. The pungency of the Pecorino was too much for my husband but my son enjoyed it quite well. He even asked for seconds. I will definitely make this again. I’ll just hold the cheese to the side as a stir in.

Lentil Soup with Pasta, Bacon, and Garlic

©2010 Irene D. Ericson

Comments (4)

This soup looks delicious - I had never had a lentil until a few years ago and LOVE them! What a versatile and delicious legume. . . the ancients really knew what they were doing with this one!

Great post, Irene. And nice to see that my future grandson-in-law is taking after his mother in the cooking arena. :grin:

This one looks really good. I'll have to try it one of these days.

Marcella Hazan:

Pecorino romano from such producers as Locatelli can be sharp indeed, and it would be prudent to hold some back. The most desirable producer is Fulvi, whose cheese is flavorful without so much of a bite. I find it here at Whole Foods. Of course, if you could find an aged pecorino from Tuscany, or Umbria, or Corsica, that would be terrific.

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