Romano’s Macaroni Grill is an Italian restaurant brand founded in 1988 by Phil Romano, one of the industry’s leading innovators. Inspired by the Italian country cuisine served in Romano’s grandmother’s kitchen, Macaroni Grill blends Italian traditions with progressive culinary inspiration from all regions of Italy and the U.S. An extensive wine list and the chain’s unique honor wine system finish out the experience in this polished casual atmosphere.




Lentil Soup

Macaroni Grill Copycat Recipe

8 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups very finely chopped onion
1 cup finely diced carrots
1 cup finely diced celery
3 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil or more to taste (or 1 tbsp. fresh basil)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
2 cans diced tomatoes (1 may be Rotel)
4 sundried tomatoes, reconstituted, and diced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup lentils
Vermicelli or thin spaghetti broken short lengths
1 (15-16 oz) can Great Northern beans

Saute vegetables in 1 teaspoon olive oil.  Add remaining ingredients except spaghetti and beans.  Simmer 45 minutes or until lentils are soft.  Add more broth to thin, if needed. Add a little thin spaghetti, broken into short lengths.  Add the beans.  Cook until pasta is soft, about 10 minutes.

Variations: Other additions may include canned limas, cooked turkey, spinach, cabbage, kale, etc.

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