Lentil and Kale Soup

January 9, 2022

I love a good soup. There is nothing like enjoying a cup or bowl of soup on a cold wintry night. This lentil and kale soup is perfect after a day outside in the snow or coming in after shoveling the driveway. It is hearty, filling and has a lovely combination of spices that seem to dance on your tastebuds. Most of all, it has as complex and delightful flavor that will find you enjoying each and every spoonful.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I enjoy sharing soups with you. This soup recipe below is completely vegetarian. However, you can substitute vegetable, chicken or beef stock in place of the water for a richer deeper flavor. For me, I used what I had on hand to accommodate for a vegetarian diner. I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do.

lentil and kale soup

Lentil and Kale Recipe


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cups of diced carrots
  • 1/2 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup of red lentils
  • 1/2cup of green lentils
  • 1– 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1– 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 cups of chopped kale
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • pinch of black pepper

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  1. Saute the carrot and onion in the olive oil until the onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Next, add the spices and saute for 2 minutes
  3. Then, add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce and simmer for 2 minutes to release the flavors
  4. Add the lentils, water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add the kale, additional salt and pepper to taste and simmer the lentil and kale soup for an additional 15 minutes.


Lentil and Kale soup

We like to serve this lentil and kale soup with hot freshly baked rolls that are perfect for dipping and a salad. This soup recipe makes six generous bowls.

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14 thoughts on “Lentil and Kale Soup”

  1. Can spinach be substituted for kale? Did not know if it would taste right or not. Not a kale fan. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Sure thing! I think it would be delicious as well. Maybe just a half a cup should be enough if you are using the frozen type. Fresh spinach, I would use 2 cups. Let me know how it turns out.

  2. Growing up overseas, I love the boyhood memories of my father who had chickens in our backyard. Besides eggs, he also had, off and on, chickens hatch from eggs incubated by their mother hen (I mean, not artificially incubated). We had White Leghorns, Plymouth Rocks and Rhode Island Reds.
    But having moved to a cold area in Canada, all I have been able to do for decades is dream fondly of having chickens in my backyard. Now that I am retired, I’ve even done research about what kind of extreme-cold-weather chicken would safely survive, without having to be cooped up for a few months of the year in a heated chicken house.
    I thoroughly enjoy your writing, about your soups and being a foodie – all interests that I have long identified with and enjoyed.
    Incidentally, I did my university in New England!
    I look forward to following TillysNest.com

    • Oh thank you so much. Your comment made my day. I do hope that you can get some chickens and I’m so glad you are a part of our community here at Tilly’s Nest.

  3. Hi there! I was wondering if I could get your opinion on this one thing my rooster is doing? It’s really weird.
    He will get up in our hens faces and just STARE at them.
    My hens normally won’t respond but this one time one of my hens gently pecked his “cheek.”
    Is he trying to get them to respect him/see if they would challenge him? Or is it affectionate.
    Thank you for your time.

    • Hello, this is all normal chicken behavior and he might be learning the shape of their combs as this is how chickens identify one another. The “peck” on the cheek is her way of saying- that is enough. Not aggressive but gets the point across that she is in control and he shouldn’t forget that. LOL!


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