Something about this soup feels so virtuous
Perhaps its all the green?
Or that there are two cruciferous veggies in this recipe
This combination came about as I had broccoli and kale in the fridge to ‘use up’ and didn’t want to make two separate dishes
But I also liked the chance to include my new favourite combo – kale and sesame oil
By the way, if you have never made kale chips before you are in for a bit of tasty treat!
This is a thick, delicious tasting soup, topped off by the ever so tasty kale chips
And the combo works perfectly
- ½ small bunch of kale
- 1 tablespoon roasted* sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large brown onion, diced
- 750 grams broccoli, roughly chopped
- 3 large cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 cup red lentils
- 2 litres (8 cups) vegetable or chicken stock
- 1-2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- Heat oven to 170 degrees and line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.
- Start by stripping the leaves off the kale stalk, wash well then dry well.
- Spread kale leaves over prepared tray and drizzle with sesame oil and season with a little salt.
- Place in oven to 'roast' for around 15-20 minutes. You may need to turn them over half way through to make sure they cook evenly. Note - do not allow the leaves go too brown or they will taste burnt.
- Heat a large pot over medium heat. When hot, add the olive oil and onion and saute for 10 minutes, until the onion is soft and starting to brown. Add a little water if the onion starts to stick.
- Meanwhile, cut the florets off the broccoli stalks and chop the stalks roughly.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the broccoli stalks and red lentils and stir well.
- Add the vegetable or chicken stock and bring to the boil over medium-high heat and cook for 10 minutes.
- Then add the broccoli florets and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Carefully puree the soup in a blender or food processor.
- Return soup to the pot, taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary.
- Serve sprinkled with Kale Chips and toasted sesame seeds
- You can also drizzle with a little extra sesame oil if you fancy!