Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hearty Lentil Soup

Matt told me he wanted to make our soup for lunch this week & oh, did he come up with a winner. This could seriously be my new favorite soup. Even better its full of stuff that's good for you like kale, carrots, leeks & lentils. I even like the dark color the kale gives the soup. If this soup doesn't warm you up on a cold day I don't know what will.
Hearty Lentil Soup
I tried another bread from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day to go with this soup. This time it was the Roasted Garlic Bread. This bread was amazingly tasty, I'm not sure if it was the spelt flour, ground flax seeds, roasted garlic or a mixture of all three. I gave Matt a little slice of it still warm from the oven & he said it tasted like it have been buttered even though there was no butter on or in it, now how's that for a healthy bread?!

This recipe makes much more servings than our usual recipe but freeze part of it & you'll be all set on those really busy holiday season days coming up.

Hearty Lentil Soup

1/2 lb good bacon, chopped
2 c leeks, white & light green parts sliced
1 c crimini mushrooms, chopped
1 1/2 c carrots, sliced
1 c lentils
2 c chicken broth or vegetable stock (our homemade stock is pretty intense, if you are using a canned broth you may want to use more broth & less water)
6 c water
1/2 t dry thyme
1 head curly red kale, chopped pretty fine
salt & pepper

Cook the bacon over medium heat in a large soup pot until it renders its fat, 7 - 10 minutes. Add the leeks and cook 2 - 3 minutes to soften. Add mushrooms and carrots then cook 2 - 3 minutes more. Add the lentils, broth, water, thyme, kale plus salt & pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & simmer for 40 minutes or until the lentils are tender.

8 servings

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Elle said...

I love lentil soup! This one looks especially good with the nice addition of kale. Also love the bread!

Kristin said...

I love lentil soup as well! And it sounds so good right now being sick... I'll have to try your recipe sometime!

grace said...

"hearty" is a very apt descriptor here! what a colorful and nutritious and tasty concoction--go matt!

George Gaston said...

kat, tell Matt he hit a home run with this soup. I think a hearty lentil soup is as satisfying as chili on a cold day. The bread sounds unbelievable, too!

Lori said...

This looks so yummy! I love soups at this time of the year! I bet that it would be great with some sauteed turkey kielbasa too!

LoveFeast Table said...

This looks really yummy! I will have to try it....Chris Ann

Phoo-D said...

Mmm...this is full of my favorite soup ingredients! I will have to give this a try.

jillian said...

I love that this is so different from the lentil soup I usually make. It sounds wonderful.

kate said...

I am a HUGE fan of lentil soup in any form. Do you ever use the little green lentils? They hold up much better in soup than the larger brown ones. They are my favorite lentil.

Stacey Snacks said...

I like the looks of this soup, am going to try it today!

Lo said...

Mmm. I love lentil soup during this time of the year -- so hearty and delicious. we tend to a lot more with red lentils (which break down like split peas), but I really ought to consider using more of the red and green varieties.

Bet the mushrooms in this soup give everything a lovely earthy quality.

Alicia Foodycat said...

How warming! Yum! I've been finding that pureed soups give me reflux, but broths with bits like this are just fine. Weird, huh?

Deborah said...

I hate to admit that I've never had lentils before - but I did just buy some at the store the other day to try! said...

Nice photo!

Jeff said...

Been trying to get better at using ingredients like lentils because I own a ton but they keep getting pushed to the wayside. However, with bacon I am definitely in :-)

Maggie said...

Just wanted to give credit where credit is due - I made this soup last night (substituting a few things we had handy in the fridge) and holy cow, AMAZING! Just loved it. We're in MN too and it really hit the spot on a cold evening.

I love your blog! Love your cooking and writing style. Thanks for sharing :)

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