French Green Lentil Soup with Kale and Butternut Squash

Delicious

This was a winner!  Extremely satisfying and healthy.  I will say though that getting good cans of tomatoes makes a huge difference.  Muir Glen’s Fire Roasted Tomatoes are amazing.  Try them!  I have been on a soup kick lately and it’s been exciting to enjoy them with lots of toppings.  Makes the meal a bit heartier.

  • 2 C French Green Lentils
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion, chopped
  • Garlic, chopped
  • 28 oz. Tomatoes (I used two 14 oz cans of fire roasted tomatoes; 1 with green chiles and 1 with roasted garlic)
  • 6-8 C Veggie Broth
  • Lacianto Kale, stems removed
  • Butternut Squash
  • Greek Yogurt, small container
  • Chives, I used freeze dried
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Avocado

There are a couple parts to this meal but it’s all rather simple.

Yogurt Sauce (omit this for a vegan dinner, or just use a vegan yogurt)

  1. Since I used freeze dried chives I soaked them in ~2 T boiling water until the water cooled.  I wanted the flavors to be released.
  2. Mix yogurt with chives and water, cumin, paprika, and salt.  I didn’t measure out the spices, just add a bit and taste test.
  3. Refrigerate until serving.

Butternut Squash

  1. Peel, seed, and cube the butternut squash.
  2. In a skillet heat some olive oil and sauté the squash until tender and lightly browned.
  3. Set aside (this is one of the toppings)

Soup

  1. Boil 8 cups of water and once boiling add the lentils.  Cook until tender ~20-30 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot heat some olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic until soft.
  3. Add the cans of tomatoes to the pot and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the veggie broth, lentils, and kale.
  5. Cook for ~15 minutes until all the flavors have meddled and the kale is softened.
  6. Taste broth and season if necessary, I only added salt.  I’m telling you the cans of tomatoes add tons of flavor!

Serve the soup topped with avocado, butternut squash cubes, and a dollop of yogurt.  YUM

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