Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 42 mins

The original version of this lentil soup comes from a recent issue of Real Simple Magazine. I made some changes to enhance the taste of the soup.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slice each leek in half lengthwise, then slice each half into 4 sections.
  2. Chop leeks into small pieces.
  3. Place chopped leeks into a bowl of cold water and swish around to remove any grit or soil.
  4. Drain well through a sieve.
  5. Remove stems from kale and discard.
  6. Stack leaves on top of one another and slice crosswise into 1/2 inch wide strips; set aside.
  7. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat oil.
  8. Add leeks and cook for 3 minutes.
  9. Crush tomatoes and add to the saucepan and cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Add vegetable broth and water and bring to boil.
  11. Stir in kale strips, barley, carrot slices, sweet potato cubes, brown and green lentils, thyme, salt, pepper and basil.
  12. Simmer until barley and lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
  13. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  14. Spoon into individual soup bowls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  15. This soup freezes well in zip-lok bags, or plastic containers. Omit the parmesan cheese if freezing.
Most Helpful

Great soup. I sustituted winter squash as I was out of sweet potatoes. For myself, I will chop the kale a little finer next time. I also left out the salt because of the broth. Will make again very soon!

wirkwoman1 October 17, 2007

OH MY!!!! How good! I am not a big (well, I AM big :)) vegie eater, but this made a convert of me! I made it exactly as written. So quick and easy. I may try some curry powder in it next time, for variety! Thanks, Bill! (Sorry it took so long to finally make it-I was going to make it for the last PAC, but it was too warm here!) P.S. DON'T skip the basil! It really added to the flavor!

Outta Here December 02, 2006

I made this soup twice, once exactly as written, and once substituting what i had on hand(marjoram & oregano) for some of the spices. It's so EASY and delicious! My family LOVED it! Even friends I gave a jar to loved it and everbody asked for the recipe. I told them where to look on RecipeZaar and they are enjoying the site too. :-) Thanks for a great and EASY recipe!

Rebecca C. November 13, 2006