After success with the red lentil soup, I wanted to see what the French green lentils would taste like. The result is a tasty, hardy soup, with a lot of character.
Compared to red lentils, green lentils are a sturdier bunch, with a bit of a bite to them. They go great with hardy greens, tomatoes, and lots of seasoning. This soup does take a bit longer to make than the red lentil – about another 15 minutes.
Most of the time I open a can of Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes, but you can use any kind of stewed or roasted tomato recipe for this soup. Roasting tomatoes takes time, but the rewards are worth it. To roast tomatoes for sauce, I add chopped tomatoes to a baking dish, cover with a bit of olive oil, garlic, and salt. Place some water on the bottom of the dish and cover lightly with foil. Roast for about 30 minutes or so. You may also want to remove the tomato skins before you add them to the soup.
Rustic French Green Lentil Soup
- about 2 cups of finely chopped Kale (I cut the leaves from the center vein and then chop the Kale in a food processor; spinach, chard work as well)
- 28 ounces (about 3 1/2 cups) of roasted tomatoes
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of sea salt (basically to taste)
- one onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin (or more; I get a bit generous with this one sometimes)
- 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika (optional; or whatever kind you have around)
- pinch of cinnamon
- 2 cups of French green lentils
- 6 cups of water (for the lentils), plus 2 or more cups for the soup (more if you like your soup thinner; I like it rather thick)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Bring 6 cups of water to a steady low boil. Add 2 cups of lentils to the water and continue to boil for about 25 minutes.
- While the lentils are boiling, get another saucepan for the soup (it will need to hold about 6 cups of liquid, and add olive oil and onions and saute for a few minutes on medium heat.
- Drain the lentils from the water and then add them to the onions, along with the tomatoes, and Kale.
- Season with salt, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, paprika, and anything else you would like.
- Add 2 cups of water to the soup mixture, and bring it all to a medium simmer. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes. You may want more water depending on how much water the roasted tomatoes contributed to the mix.
- Top with some crème frâiche and enjoy!