March 20, 2016

Lentil Kale & Potato Soup

I know I'm a little lentil-crazy right now and just posted this huge Lentil Round-Up in celebration of International Year of the Pulses, but I couldn't resist sneaking in one more delicious soup recipe before the weather warms up. This is actually a remix of one of my most-made recipes: Lentil Spinach Soup. We're getting ready for a cross-country move so I've been cleaning out the pantry and this is one fantastic meal for pantry staples. For such simple ingredients, the flavor and nourishment is awfully impressive. All you need is some garlic, cumin, and smoked paprika to take it to that next level. And I love the addition of kale and potato for extra nutrients and texture. It's easy, healthy, budget-friendly, great for leftovers and packed lunches, and only 10 simple ingredients. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Vegan, gluten-free
Serves 6-8

1 onion
3 carrots
4-5 cloves garlic
2 cups dry brown lentils
2 medium potatoes (I use gold)
15 oz. can diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth + 3 cups water
1 small bunch kale
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. salt, more to taste

Dice onion, carrot, and potato.
In a large stockpot over medium heat, saute onion and carrot for about 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, mince garlic and rinse lentils.
Add potatoes, garlic, cumin, paprika, and salt to stockpot. Saute 1 minute.
Add 4 cups broth, 3 cups water, tomatoes with juice, and lentils.
Increase heat and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Meanwhile, roughly tear kale into bite-size pieces, stems removed.
Stir in kale during last couple minutes of cooking.
Additional salt to taste if desired.

*Note: I like my soups thick. I you prefer it thinner, reduce lentils (to 1 1/2 cups) or add more water during cooking as desired.

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  1. Looks so yummy! Have you ever tried it with sweet potatoes?

    1. Hi Elizabeth! Yes! So good with those too :)

  2. I just found your site a couple days ago. I made this soup last night, for lunches for the next few days. Holy cow, is this good!!!!! I added a little black pepper and cayenne to it, because I like a kick!! This recipe will go into my rotation, and I will be exploring many more of your recipes!

    1. Hi Becky!! Yay! So glad you tried out the soup and enjoyed - I love your additions :) Have a beautiful weekend, and hope you enjoy any of the other recipes you try! <3