This soup will wow you with flavor and hearty goodness. It offers a blend of onions, leeks and garlic with lots of spices, including thyme, black pepper, cumin and a surprising ingredient: hot sauce. All this flavor with fiber-rich lentils and kale are sure to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
4 cups onions – diced
4 cups leeks – diced, white part only
3 teaspoon fresh garlic – minced (about 2 medium size cloves)
¼ cup tomato paste
6 cups crushed tomatoes – or two 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
8 cups vegetable stock
3 cups carrots – peeled and diced
3 cups celery – diced
2 teaspoon black pepper
3 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon cumin
½ cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoon hot sauce
2 cup red lentils
6 cups kale – stems removed, blanched and chopped
About two medium bunches kale will equal 3 cups blanched and chopped. Kale can easily be substituted with chard or spinach.
Makes 22 servings. Serving size: 1 cup.