Hearty Lentil – Barley Soup with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

So enjoyable is the nutty chew of the barley, tender lentils, the sweetness of the sweet potato and the earthy flavor of the cooked kale. I was happy with it at this point but I knew if I tried to serve it to hubby Tom as is, the first thing he would ask would be, where’s the meat?  So in went 10 ounces of cubed cooked chicken breast. Sure enough when I served him up a bowl of this soup what popped out of his mouth before he even took a bite – “Is there any meat in this?” I smiled and said, “oh yes there is, just for you!”


Hearty Lentil -Barley Soup with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 medium carrots — diced
  • 4 Celery ribs — diced
  • 1 medium onion — chopped
  • 1 clove garlic– minced
  • 6 ounces sweet potato–peeled, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 28 ounces –  canned crushed tomatoes — with basil
  • 14.5 ounce – can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup lentils — rinsed
  • 3/4 cup pearl barley
  • 1 teaspoon Herb de Provence
  • freshly ground black pepper — to taste
  • 4 cups chopped Kale
  • 10 ounces chicken white meat — cooked– diced–optional


  1. In a large dutch oven saute the celery, onion, garlic and carrots in olive oil until tender.
  2. Add water, tomatoes, broth, lentils, barley, sweet potatoes, Herbs de Provence and fresly ground black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add chopped kale and continue to simmer for 20-30 minutes or until kale is cooked.
  4. Optional – the last 10 minutes add the cooked chicken. Ladle into bowls and enjoy!

Yields: 15 cups    Servings: 10     Serving Size: 1.5 cups

Nutritional Information

With Chicken Per Serving : 246 Calories; 3g Fat (10.7% calories from fat); 19g Protein; 38g Carbohydrate; 11g Dietary Fiber; 16mg Cholesterol; 763mg Sodium.  Old WWP 4 /New WWPP 6

Without Chicken Per Serving: 214 Calories; 3g Fat (10.2% calories from fat); 12g Protein; 38g Carbohydrate; 11g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 744mg Sodium. Old WWP 4 / New WWPP 5

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