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Lisa’s Classic Sicilian Lentil Soup

Classic Sicilian Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is full of nutrients and delicious! This is Catherine Lione (Lisa’s grandmother’s!) recipe and it originates from Sicily, where Lisa’s Nana (as she was lovingly called!) was from. Lentil soup is a hearty soup that is excellent in the winter months and, if you’d like, you can also put the lentils under a protein to make a rich contorno. In Lisa’s house, this Classic Sicilian Lentil Soup is usually eaten on New Year’s Eve.

Buon Appetito, Tutti a Tavola e Felice Anno Nuovo!

You can watch Lisa make this recipe on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel here.

Lisa’s Classic Sicilian Lentil Soup Ingredients:

Classic Sicilian Lentil Soup

1 package (preferably organic) green lentils

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped onion

10 cloves garlic, chopped

8 cups vegetable broth

4 tablespoons Italian tomato paste (in the tube)

1/2 a cup of extra virgin olive oil

Lisa’s Classic Sicilian Lentil Soup Directions:

Classic Sicilian Lentil Soup

In a soup pan with a heavy bottom, place the olive oil and dry sauté the lentils, carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Sauté for ten minutes.


















Place four tablespoons of the concentrated tomato paste in the vegetable and lentil mixture. Stir and sauté for 10 more minutes.

Classic Sicilian Lentil Soup

Begin to add the 8 cups of vegetable broth. Simmer on low for an hour.

Classic Sicilian Lentil Soup


  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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