Lentil & Kale Soup

This simple and wonderful lentil soup is so healthy you’ll want to eat it every day.  To tell the truth, I have been eating it almost every day for lunch.  It’s so filling and flavorful and freezes exceptionally well.  The girls in the office stopped asking me what I brought for lunch because it’s often left-over lentil soup.  When my husband travels a lot I like to make something that will last so I don’t have to cook every night.  I made a big batch of this soup and froze more than half.  I’ve never felt the least amount of dread about what’s in my lunch box when I have this soup to devour.

There are many varieties of lentils and they come in a rainbow of colors.  Lentils are from the legume family and boast a respectable amount of vitamins, dietary fiber, minerals and protein.  Red lentils, pictured above, are not the powerhouse variety, but I love to cook with them anyway.  When added to soups and stews they add a delicate texture and flavor I love.  Lentils are also inexpensive and Health Magazine named them one of the five healthiest foods.
I also added green lentils to blend the textures and health benefits.  As with dried beans, be sure to wash and pick over the lentils removing any debris.
Add a healthy bunch of chopped carrots and onions for flavor and color.
Wash and trim a big bunch of Kale, removing the tough stems.  Kale, the real super food, helps keep your immune system strong.  Kale cooks down quickly much like fresh spinach.
A big pot of healthy soup is like wearing a comfortable old sweater.  You know … the one your family threatens to throw away if they ever get their hands on it.  Yes I have an ugly sweater my family hates.  Oh well, at least I don’t wear it in Christmas card photos!
Maybe I should wear my sweater and eat this soup – that would be just heavenly :)
Lentil & Kale Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
 
(adapted from a recipe in the November 2011 Taste of Home Magazine)
Ingredients
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 heaping tablespoons vegetable base (I used Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base)
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • ⅓ cup dry red lentils, rinsed
  • ⅓ cup dry green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups Kale, stems removed, cut into bite size pieces
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot combine the water, vegetable base, carrots, onions, and lentils. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Stir in all remaining ingredients and return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes until the Kale is wilted and soft.
  2. Serve with a dash of hot sauce if desired. Enjoy!
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I really do love this soup.  It makes me feel better about the cookies I ate last weekend :)  It’s all in the balance – right?  I hope you have a lovely weekend.  I feel there is something with pumpkin in my future. How about yours???
 Thanks so much for stopping by!
Tricia

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22 Comments

  1. says

    Love your soup description, Tricia. A cozy old sweater, a bowl of soup, this is deliciousness all wrapped up in comfort. <br /><br />The countdown is winding down. Can you believe how close you are to the wedding day????

    • says

      I am sooooo excited Mary. You'd think I'm getting married. I stopped to get gas on the way to work yesterday and a complete stranger asked me what I was smiling about. I guess I really stood out because nobody smiles at the gas pumps these days! I am so happy for my son and my future daughter-in-law. They are so happy.

  2. TRAVELING HUSBAND says

    I've been ready to come home for several days–and now, even more so! <br />I want to hug you…and then hug a big bowl of this soup…if there's any left. :) <br />See you tonight. <br />TH

  3. says

    Tricia, this soup looks and sounds heavenly! Gorgeous photos too! Oh, and I have a sweatshirt that's 15 years old! I pulled it out the other day and it was like finding an old friend – my husband hates it with the sleeves all frayed and the whole thing quite ugly (but bery loved, somewhat like the Velveteen Rabbit!)

  4. says

    This has become one of my favorite soup recipes – and my family asks for it all the time! Hooray! :)<br />Even though the soup is delicious, for some reason I always get these kind of "soapy" bubbles in the soup. It seems to happen after I add the kale, so I'm thinking that's the culprit. Doesn't effect the taste, but doesn't look too pretty. Anyone know why this happens

    • says

      I have never had this happen and can't imagine why – bubbles? How odd. I usually buy organic kale for whatever reason. I would first try to buy the kale from a different produce market / grocery store. Maybe they spray it with something that causes the bubbles. You could also try washing the kale in a sink full of cool water with a little vinegar. Drain and rinse really well and see if

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