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Kale and Lentil Soup with Pork

November 19, 2011 by Joan Nova in Beans/Legumes, Meat, One dish meal, Soup | 13 Comments

I may be the last person on the planet to know kale and lentils work well together. According to google, that combo has been done…in soups, stews, sautes, pilafs, pastas, curried, etc.

That’s a comeuppance. I thought I was creating something new.

You see, I’m kind of new to kale. As much as I love vegetables, it’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve begun using kale. Most recently, I’ve been eating it raw in salads after I saw a kale salad on Spinach Tiger last month. I love how it combines with radicchio and  fall fruit, nuts and cheeses. But, perhaps, that’s another post.

After dinner at my son’s house last week, I came home with a meaty pork shoulder bone.

That’s when I got the idea to make kale and lentil soup flavored by the pork which I immersed whole in the pot (shredding the meat before serving).

No special recipe: the lentils, minced onion, garlic, carrots, kale — and a big old meaty pork bone.

And just because I’m Italian…parmesan cheese! It was so good!

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  1. Arlene says:

    I could definitely get into that soup. I, too, came late to the kale party, but I’ve used it in soups and casseroles and really love the earthy flavor. And pork makes everything better, like cheese.
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  2. I can just smell the Italian cheese on that soup. We ate lentil soup with grated cheese a lot growing up. Love the kale, thanks for the mention. xoxo
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  3. Kale is not on the top of my list I have to admit. I know, I know, it’s good for you, etc. etc. and I should incorporate into my diet. Well, I think this is exactly the dish to do it. I love lentils and love pork. Great combination of flavors. Thanks Joan.
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  4. bellini says:

    The first time I had kale was in a Portuguese soup which includes chorizo. If I make the soup in my own kitchen I leave out the sausage so pork would work nicely as a flavouring and the protein..along with the lentils of course.

  5. I must say that that is one beautiful piece of pork. And the combination looks wonderful.
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  6. Dorothy says:

    Looks delicious and comforting now that the weather here is going south.

  7. Anamaris says:

    I love lentil soup, have never added kale or any other greens, for that matter. This looks delish!
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  8. elly says:

    Even if the combo’s been done, it doesn’t make this look any less delicious! I always love freshly grated parm on my soups, too.

  9. I can just have a bowl of this right now to help my recovery. I make lentils once a week and now I will try it your way, which is always a good way.

  10. Nik S says:

    I love lentils and this looks hearty and delicious. Great pictures by the way!

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