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Rustic French Green Lentils with Kale

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This soup is easily and quickly prepare from staples and kale, which is available all year long. In addition, it lends itself for freezing leftovers because of the large finished volume. Therefore, it can provide a great fallback for a needed dinner.


French green lentil soup is hardy and full of flavors. Adding kale makes this soup un-resistible affording a tasty bread and a solid red burgundy wine. Suitable for any season this soup will soon be a standard in your menu.


Getting Started with Cooking



Get in Advance:


1 lb of dry French green lentils

6 cups of water

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup of water

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cup of low-salt vegetable broth

1 teaspoon cumin

of a quarter-teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

of a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon

2 cans (15 oz) of roasted tomatoes

1 lb of kale, washed, stems removed and cut into -1 inch pieces

2 cups of low-salt vegetable broth.


Have On Hand:

Crisp bread




(after, modified):


For 4 (generous)-to 7 (1.5 cups) Portions. Total prep time: 1 hr.


Prepare the French green lentils

1 lb dry green French lentils (2 cups)

Add 6 cups of water

Cook covered for 25 min

If required, add additional water for keeping the lentils covered


Prepare the greens and extras

Cut the onions in half lengthwise and chop finely

Wash the kale leaves, separate and discard the stems, then bundle the leaves and cut them into -1 inch ribbons, then cut across into pieces


Cook the soup

In a large heavy skillet or soup pot

Braise the onion on high heat without oil until soft and lightly browned 5 min

Deglaze with 1 cup of water

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil

Add spices and drained lentils, mix

Add2 cups of vegetable broth

Add tomatoes, fold under lentils

Add kale and fold under soup mixture

Add 2 cups water

Let simmer for 10 min with closed lid.

Add more water for adjusting to desired consistency


Serve with crisp bread and red wine.


Ready to go


Cooked french green lentils




Deglazed Onions with spices


Ready for cooking the soup


Tomatoes added to lentil base


Chopped kale added to soup


Kale folded under lentils



Back to Dinner







Cook lentils

1 lb French green lentils

In 6 cups of water

Cook 25 min

Braise onions, deglazed w 1 cup water

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teasp. smoked paprika

Quarter teasp. cayenne pepper

Quarter teasp. cinnamon

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups of Low Salt Vegetable Broth

Drained lentils

2 cups of water

2 cans of Tomatoes

Chopped kale without center ribs

Cook 10 min no more otherwise kale gets mushy.

Devided into 1 cup (13 oz) portions for freezing



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