Red Lentil Soup with Kale and Fresh Herbs

Red Lentil Soup with Kale and Fresh Herbs

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 171.0
  • Total Fat: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 2,248.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.9 g
  • Protein: 8.6 g

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Introduction

Red lentils look very pretty, until they are cooked! This soup isn't necessarily beautiful to look at, but it is extremely tasty and filled with vitamins, protein, and fiber. I adapted it from a recipe I found in a vegan cookbook, and gave it a little more flavor with kale, seasonings, and smoked paprika. I LOVE smoked paprika, and I strive to put it in almost everything!

With this soup, you can easily get lunch or dinner on the table in under an hour. Serve with lemon wedges, toasted whole-grain pita bread, and a side salad for a filling meal. If you'd like the soup to be even creamier, stir in some plain, unsweetened soy yogurt (for vegans) orG Greek Yogurt (for vegetarians) before serving.
Red lentils look very pretty, until they are cooked! This soup isn't necessarily beautiful to look at, but it is extremely tasty and filled with vitamins, protein, and fiber. I adapted it from a recipe I found in a vegan cookbook, and gave it a little more flavor with kale, seasonings, and smoked paprika. I LOVE smoked paprika, and I strive to put it in almost everything!

With this soup, you can easily get lunch or dinner on the table in under an hour. Serve with lemon wedges, toasted whole-grain pita bread, and a side salad for a filling meal. If you'd like the soup to be even creamier, stir in some plain, unsweetened soy yogurt (for vegans) orG Greek Yogurt (for vegetarians) before serving.

Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients



    * 1.5 TB Extra-Virgin Olive OIl
    * 1 small red onion, chopped
    * 1 small yellow onion, chopped
    * 1 or 2 shallots, chopped
    * 5 cloves garlic, miinced
    * 2 C dry red lentils, rinsed
    * 6 C vegetable broth, or veg. bouillon cubes plus water
    * 2 tsp salt-free seasoning (Mrs. Dash, Bell's, etc.)
    * 1 TB Smoked Paprika (Hot or sweet, I use sweet)
    * Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper to taste
    * 5 C or so chopped fresh kale, thick stems removed
    * 1/4 to 1/3 C chopped fresh dill, to taste
    * 1/4 C chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Heat the oil in a stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, and stir until they soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and lower the heat a little so it does not burn. Stir for one minute or so, until fragrant and soft.

Add lentils, broth, salt-free seasoning, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, and stir. Cover, and lower the heat to a simmer until the lentils are soft, about 20 minutes.

Puree the soup with a stick blender (my favorite kitchen tool!) or in a blender or food processor in batches, until it is creamy and thick. Return it to the pot, and add the kale.

Return the soup to a low simmer and cook until kale is soft and dark, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Add dill and parsley, and then taste soup for seasonings. Serve with a twist of lemon and some whole-grain pita bread.

Delicious!

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user GOZERIFIC.

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  • Incredible!
    Love red lentil soup and this recipe offers me a new variation! Thanks for sharing. - 2/22/17

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This sounds really yummy with all the fresh herbs. Where does all that SODIUM come from in the nutritional count? I wonder if it's been calculated using high-sodium boullion cubes and a large amount of "optional salt? I have loads of kale to use, but will definitely skip the salt! - 10/26/16

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  • Very Good
    This is a great starting recipe for lentil soup. I added potatoes and celery to the soup as well as a can of crushed tomatoes.

    My entire family loved it, it freezes well, and it's super tasty!
    - 4/26/16

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  • Very Good
    Very tasty. I halved the smoked paprika but it adds a great flavor. - 6/2/14

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