Early Fall Beef Lentil Soup With Greens

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Came up with this recipe to use up a sirloin tip roast from the toughest old steer who graced this earth! I realized after simmering the soup 30 minutes I had to write this one down because the lovely deep brown color & heady smell had folks circling the stove (this was before the lentils were added). I used 5 cups of shredded kale I had on hand, but will make with spinach, mustard or turnip greens next time - depends on what I've got on hand. I recommend any tough leftover beef - simmering transformed Ferdinand nicely! Served with Irish Oatmeal bread using steelcut oats from Recipezaar - yum!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dice leftover meat to 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. In a heavy bottomed kettle, add olive oil, onion, garlic, celery & thyme. Saute several minutes until onion translucent & thyme aromatic.
  3. Add carrots, green pepper & tomatos (no worries if no fresh available - I just had it in fridge & it was looking lonely).
  4. Add Beef beef stock base & saute on low for 25 minutes until base & onions caramelize. Skip beef base if using beef broth instead of base & water.
  5. Add water & simmer for 45 minutes - lid off.
  6. Add lentils & simmer 30 minutes more.
  7. Add chopped greens of your choice & simmer 20 minutes more - less for spinach, more for robuster greens, but low heat to avoid off-flavors from stronger greens.
  8. Season to taste with salt & pepper.