Broccoli and Red Lentil Soup with Sesame Roasted Kale Chips
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!