Happy New Year 2015 (Recipe Swap for Lentil Black-eyed Pea Soup)

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your family a FABULOUS year ahead of happiness and good health!

We are celebrating at HOME - our weather here in the panhandle of TEXAS is very, very cold!  Thankfully, we are able to stay indoors and REST!  Very grateful for a job that allows us to be home with our boys during the holidays.

Here is a new recipe that we have enjoyed and are sharing with you for the tradition of New Year's Day!  

Found this recipe on my favorite youtube cooking channel - Laura Vitale - she is so AWESOME; including videos of how-to when she cooks - and there are so many recipes...  Here is a link to that recipe  - the only tweak that I've made is adding a can of black-eyed peas!  In Italy, they eat this lentil soup on New Year's Day - in America we eat black-eyed peas... that's why I've added this in the soup!  We love it - it even has KV's 2 thumbs up approval (which is very hard to get!!)

New Year's Day Lentil Black-eyed Pea Soup

10 oz of Brown Lentils; rinsed well

1/2 cup of any tomato product (I use a Sun-dried Tomato Pesto)

2 or 3 Cloves of Garlic, peeled but not chopped

3 Stalks of Celery, sliced

2 Tbsp of Parsley, chopped 
1 1/2 Tbsp of Olive Oil                                                                                                                1 can Black-eyed Peas 
Salt and Pepper, to taste 
1-1/2 cups of Short Cut Pasta

Fill a large pot 2/3 of the way with water. Add the lentils, tomato pesto, garlic, parsley, celery and olive oil and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat a simmer and cook the soup for about 1 hour to 1 hour and a half or until the lentils are soft and tender.   Add the pasta along with black-eyed peas, salt and pepper; cook until the pasta is cooked al dente. Cover the pot with a lid and let the soup sit off the heat for 10 minutes. 

Enjoy!  Thanks for dropping by!  If you fix this recipe, would love your feedback!  Let me know how you fixed this for your family!  

Remember to hug the ones you love the most... until next time!