Lentil Soup with Butternut Squash and Collard Greens

The title pretty much says it all, except well it has bacon, onions, peppers, celery, carrots…what am I missing? Oh yeah fire roasted tomatoes! Everything leftover in my kitchen is what went into this soup.

Slow simmered all day on my stove top, my house smells amazing. I did a little research on what you are supposed to eat on New Year’s Day. Collard greens because they represent money and wealth. Pork was all over the list, so bacon of course. Lentils because of their coinlike shape, represent luck and prosperity. With a big pan of sweet cornbread on the side. This will make the most excellent addition to my New Year’s Day menu.

Happy New Year!!!!!!

Lentil Soup


  • 1 pound bag dried lentils
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups chopped butter nut squash
  • 10 oz frozen bag chopped collard greens
  • 5 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • Vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper

Chop all veggies and set aside. Fry bacon in large pot, drain off half of grease. Cook onion, celery, carrots, and bell pepper in grease and bacon. Add a little salt and cook until slightly soft.

Add butternut squash, lentils, collard greens, and roasted tomatoes. Stir to combine. Cover with vegetable broth, and add seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.

*substitute chicken broth for vegetable broth

*substitute thyme, rosemary for basil

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sally says:

    This sounds wonderful and healthy. Happy New Year!

  2. Dawn Orsak says:

    This soup looks amazing! And it’s the Czech in you that likes the lentils on New Year’s Day… it’s a Czech tradition. Thanks for sharing.

    1. s2karen says:

      I did not know it was a Czech tradition. I’m so glad I made them now!

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