Thursday, February 26, 2009

Umbrian Lentil Stew with Olive-Oil Fried Eggs

Food & Wine

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for frying
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small celery rib, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 pound Umbrian lentils or green lentils (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 12 arugula leaves
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and aged balsamic vinegar, for serving

  1. In a saucepan, heat the 2 tablespoons of oil; add the prosciutto and cook over low heat until the fat has rendered.
  2. In a food processor, finely chop the carrot and celery. Add the vegetables to the saucepan along with the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, 7 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir over moderately high heat until shiny, 1 minute. Add the lentils and 2 1/2 cups of the broth and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the broth has been absorbed, 25 minutes. Add 1 more cup of the broth and continue simmering until absorbed, 10 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of broth and simmer until the lentils are tender and suspended in a creamy sauce, 10 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat a thin film of olive oil. Crack the eggs into the skillet, season with salt and cook over moderately high heat until the edges are golden, the whites are just set and the yolks are still runny. Spoon the lentils into shallow bowls and top with the eggs and arugula. Grate the cheese over the eggs and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve right away.

My notes: I substituted spinach for the arugula since I already had some. Don't forget the balsamic or the parmesan-- they add a lot of flavor. I didn't think that the lentils tasted any creamier than the usual preparation, but I did really enjoy this dish.

Vegetarian Option: Omit the prosciutto and sauté vegetables in olive oil instead.

Tim's Rating: 8.5/10 "Weird. I like the egg. I love the egg. The egg makes this."
Liz's Rating: 8.5/10


VeggieGirl said...

Looove lentils!!

Swank said...

I love Tim's comment on this one. But that egg does look great!

Bridget said...

My husband and I totally love eggs-on-stuff. This looks great.

wifeplzak said...

I am all about the egg! I just made a mushroom pizza with egg and my fav salad is the lyonaisse. I must try this one!

Joelen said...

I love Tim's comments :)

Anonymous said...

Yum. Your dish sounds delicious. I love lentils and I love eggs. And olive oil is always good.

HaveShoesWillTravel said...

Hmmm this looks interesting. you have all these neat and different recipes and I feel I make the same thing every night. I need to go to Liz's cooking school.

Anonymous said...

I have been thinking about making this!

Aubrey West said...

Study shows that lentils are good for health. I must your healthy food recipes.