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Deliciously Organic: Lentil, Carrot, and Kale Soup with Creme Fraiche and Dill

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Lentil, Carrot, and Kale Soup with Creme Fraiche and Dill

Every evening we make a point to sit down as a family and eat dinner together. It is a special time when the four of us can talk about our day and my husband and I usually end up laughing at the funny things our kids have to say say. Well, things have changed a bit this week. You see, my husband is a huge Olympic fan, like a watches-every-single-moment fan.  Every day we've recorded 8+ hours, so when he comes home after a long day at work there's a lot of catching up to do. Every two years our house completely shuts down (as much as it can) for Olympic viewing, so this week we've spent almost every dinner in front of the TV, cheering.

I was going to serve this soup alone, but thought I'd I could at least throw in a side of grilled cheese since lentils aren't usually the first thing kids crave for dinner.  Besides, we needed something to sop up the juices at the bottom of the bowl.  So that's what we did.  I used Ezekiel bread, a good organic butter, and raw cheddar.  It was the perfect accompaniment to our creamy, nutrient dense soup. 

Lentil, Carrot, and Kale Soup with Crème Fraiche and Dill
I noticed my kids loved this soup and devoured every last spoonful.  I knew they'd like it. (smile)
Serves 8-10

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large leek, chopped
3 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
10 cups chicken stock (homemade preferred)
1/4 cup red wine (optional)
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (I prefer Muir Glen)
2 1/2 cups French lentils
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
1 bunch of kale, chopped into bite-size pieces
juice of half a lemon

1/2 cup crème fraiche or sour cream
dill, for garnishing

Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Stir in leeks and carrots. Cover pot, turn heat to low and let vegetables sweat for 20 minutes.

Remove lid and add chicken stock, wine (if using), crushed tomatoes, and lentils. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for about 45 minutes or until lentils are soft. Using a ladle transfer about 4 cups of soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour pureed soup back into pot. Stir in kale and lemon juice. Season soup with salt and pepper if needed. Serve soup with a dollop of crème fraiche and a sprig of dill.


Blogger El said...

What a scrumptious, healthy meal. It looks wonderful and I can't wait to try it!

February 19, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Chrysta said...


My family is the same way with the Olympics. We never miss a minute. Thankfully...its only every two years.

February 19, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Unplanned Cooking said...

I applaud you for sitting down at the table most nights. We're trying to make that our goal (our kids are young yet). We're hoping one day they'll actually be able to sit through a meal without falling off their chairs.

February 19, 2010 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Noelle said...

That is so funny about your kids. My husband asks me this when I make soup. It is not his favorite but I give him the same excuse! ;)

February 20, 2010 at 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Kitchen Butterfly said...

Sounds like mine.....Just soup????? Looks lovely, Its almost kale-over season and I still haven't had any!

February 20, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

That's a soup we would all love in this house. Lentil soups are my absolute favorite, and something about using carrot or sweet potato in them makes them so much tastier!

February 20, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Niki at Spilled Ingredients said...

Two of my favorite soup ingredients, lentils and kale - superfoods for super health. This is definitely on my cooking to-do list this week, looks delicious. I just found your site on blogged and am pretty excited to check out your other recipes - I'm also a busy mom and have a compulsion for safe, healthy ingredients and already appreciate your recipes here. Thanks!!

February 20, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds so delicious and hearty-what a great combination of flavors!

February 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger jasmine said...

Sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing I cant wait to try out the recipe...

March 16, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

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