Kale, Lentil, and Bacon Soup

25 Jan
Kale Lentil and Bacon Soup

Kale Lentil and Bacon Soup

Did I ever mention I love soup? Oh, yes, probably a hundred times by now. I am an avid reader of the Food52 website, and when I saw this soup offered up to test for one of their recipe contests, I immediately signed up to be a tester. Kale, lentils, and bacon? What’s not to love?

Paired with my super-yummy golden homemade chicken broth and a nice big splash of dry sherry makes this such an easy, but VERY tasty and filling soup. Don’t forget some thick slices of crusty bread to sop up every last bit of tastiness in your bowl.

I slightly adapted this by baking the bacon, and then using some of the clear, rendered bacon grease in lieu of olive oil for added flavor. And make sure you use the Puy (French Green) lentils, as they hold up well in a soup and don’t get mushy at all. I found these in the bulk section at Whole Foods Market.

Kale, Lentil, and Bacon Soup
Adapted from Anna May’s Recipe for Kale, Lentil and Bacon Soup @ Food52.com website

4 slices bacon
1 tablespoon rendered bacon grease
3/4 cup chopped
onion
1 large splash dry sherry
4 to 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1/2 bunch Lacinato
kale, woody stems removed and chopped
1
sprig of thyme, leaves picked
3/4 cup Puy (French Green) lentils

Baked Bacon

Baked Bacon

Bake the bacon on a rack in a 400-degree preheated oven for 25 or so minutes until done. (I cooked the entire package and saved the rest for breakfast the next day.) Add 1 tablespoon of the rendered bacon grease to a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.

Rendered Bacon Grease

Rendered Bacon Grease

Saute the onions for several minutes until translucent. Break up the bacon and add it and the lentils to the pot, then pour in a nice glug of the dry sherry.

Cooking the Lentils and Onions

Cooking the Lentils and Onions

Let it sizzle briefly then pour in the chicken or vegetable broth. Bring up to a boil, then turn down and simmer until the lentils are done, about 40 minutes.

Wilting the Kale

Wilting the Kale

Stir in the kale and thyme leaves and cook for about 5 to 10 minutes until the kale is wilted and tender. Serve in bowls with crusty bread.

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15 Responses to “Kale, Lentil, and Bacon Soup”

  1. yummyinsidemytummy January 25, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    Brilliant combination of flavours!

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  2. teagan geneviene January 25, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    That’s one of the reasons I enjoy your blog so much, Kathryn. I love soups and love to make them. This one looks delish as always!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

      Shucks, gosh Teagan, thank you!!! My husband admitted he doesn’t like Kale much tonight and would rather I make this again with spinach instead, lol. At least he’s honest!

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      • teagan geneviene January 26, 2015 at 3:23 am #

        I’m not a huge kale fan either, but it’s okay. Coincidentally last week i had made a very similar soup from another of our bloggers. I knew it would be good, but it was delicious! So i know this one would be as well. Plus (for me at least) using lentils makes anything unique, and that’s a good thing. Hugs.

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  3. Michelle Williams January 25, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    I love soup too. Thank you for another awesome recipe!

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  4. Renate Smith January 25, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    I have some lovely tender collards in my garden, you think they would work in this recipe. It sounds delicious.

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  5. Gerlinde January 26, 2015 at 8:19 am #

    My husband is not a fan of greens so I have to come up with ways to hide them. You soup looks delicious.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 26, 2015 at 9:25 am #

      Why thank you Gerlinde! Luckily my husband likes spinach, so there is hope for future batches of this soup with that instead.

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  6. Conor Bofin January 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    Perfect combination. Three great ingredients.

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  7. anna @ annamayeveryday January 29, 2015 at 6:44 am #

    My soup!! So nice to hear all the great comments and thank you for making it too!

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger January 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

      I was very happy to make it Anna, and congrats again on the Community Pick. This was a very delicious soup!

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