A nourishing vegan Lentil Kale Soup with potatoes and warm, flavorful spices! Easy to make and packed with satisfying plant-based nutrients. (Gluten free & oil free.)
This hearty lentil soup recipe is easy, healthy, and budget-friendly. We find it is great for lunches and leftovers throughout the week.
Plus it is only 10 simple ingredients that are mostly pantry staples. So it is a great option for busy weeknights or even meal prep.
The lentil, potato, and kale combination is so satisfying and nourishing. Plus it's filled with plant-based protein, fiber, and other nutrients.
Ingredients for Lentil Kale Soup
For this recipe you will simmer in a large pot:
- Yellow onion
- Garlic cloves: Or you can substitute 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder.
- Gold potato: I like Yukon gold potatoes with this recipe because they are nice and buttery, but use white potato, red potato, or russet potato if desired.
- Green lentils or brown lentils: I like the earthy taste and texture of green or brown lentils with this recipe. I have not tested it with red lentils or black lentils, but they could probably work too. (Red lentils will be more of a stew-like consistency after they boil.)
- Diced tomatoes: Either regular or fire-roasted canned tomatoes.
- Vegetable broth: Use low sodium if desired.
- Fresh kale: Either curly or lacinato kale will work. Stir in as much or as little as you would like. You could also substitute with swiss chard or fresh baby spinach.
- Ground cumin
- Smoked paprika
Change up the spices or vegetables as you see fit. A few ideas include:
Herbs + seasonings: I like the warm taste of cumin and smoked paprika, but this would be great with many other flavors too. Switch it up with dried basil, dried oregano, Italian seasonings, or turmeric. Or garnish your bowl with fresh herbs, black pepper, or lemon juice before serving.
Make it spicy: Add fire-roasted tomatoes with medium diced chiles, cayenne pepper, or simply top with your favorite hot sauce before enjoying.
Vegetables: Add other veggies as desired. Zucchini, celery, yellow summer squash, bell pepper, spinach, green beans, peas, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, etc.
Thickness: This soup is dense. So if you prefer yours with more broth, then reduce lentils (to about 2/3 cup to 3/4 cup instead of 1 cup). Or simply add more broth or water during cooking.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. We find they keep for about 4-5 days.
It's a great leftover meal. Simply reheat in the microwave when ready to enjoy.
Lentil Kale Soup with Potatoes
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 carrots
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 2 medium gold potatoes (about 2 heaping cups cubed)
- 1 cup green/brown lentils, uncooked
- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes (or fire-roasted)
- 5 cups vegetable broth (or 4 cups broth + 1 cup water)
- 1/2 bunch kale (curly or lacinato)
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- Dice onion and carrot.
- In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, sauté onion and carrot for about 7 minutes. (I use 3 Tbsp. water/broth for no-oil sauté method.)
- Meanwhile, mince garlic and dice potato.
- Add garlic, potatoes, cumin, and paprika to pot. Stir and sauté 1 minute.
- Add 5 cups broth, tomatoes with juice, and lentils (rinsed and drained).
- Increase heat and bring to a light boil. Then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender.
- Meanwhile, roughly tear/chop kale into bite-size pieces, large stems removed.
- Stir in kale during the last few minutes of cooking. Salt/pepper to taste as desired.
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- Vegetable Barley Soup
- Vegan Taco Salad with Creamy Southwestern Dressing
- Fire Roasted Tomato and White Bean Soup with Kale