Tips & Tricks from Tommalier David Rocco + Recipe

Do you love tomatoes? Here is a quick, easy and tasty recipe from David Rooco from the Food Network.  Tomatoes form the base of David Rocco’s warming soup, a deliciously simple one-pot meal ready to serve in a little over 20 minutes.

David Rocco’s Tomato and Lentil Soup 
Serves: 2-4 people

  • 4 tbsp (56 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 fresh chili peppers, chopped
  • 2 cans (14 oz/398 ml) tomatoes, such as Hunt’s Original Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 ml) lentils, drained and rinsed
  • Salt, QB
  • Pepper, QB
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste, such as Hunt’s Original Tomato Paste
  • Water
  • In a saucepan, heat olive oil. Add garlic, parsley and chili peppers and saut√© for a few minutes until the garlic has started to turn golden.
  • Pour in the diced tomatoes with the juice right from the tin. With the back of a wooden spoon, break up the tomatoes into little chunks. You can decide the consistency. Then add in the rinsed lentils, salt and pepper. Add tomato paste, and then add water about 1/2 an inch above the lentils.  Bring to a boil, then lower to medium heat and cook for 20 minutes until the soup has thickened. 
Hunt’s Tommalier Tip: It's a tradition to make tomato lentil soup with sausage on New Year’s Day as it is supposed to bring good luck for the year ahead.  For a heartier version that does not betray the soup’s cucina povera roots, break up some sausage and let it slightly brown, just before you add in the tomatoes.

~*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from Hunts. We received Hunts products in exchange for posting. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


  1. Nice. We always have lots of tomatoes but I never know what to do with them

  2. I just read about this. I have one of his cook books. It's clearly a sign I need to make this ;)

  3. I love tomato soup! Adding lentils is a great way to make it even healthier!

  4. We cook with tomatoes often from pasta to tacos to salsa.

  5. mmmmm I love tomatoes.. especially cherry ones..


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