Sweet potato & lentil soup

Sweet potato & lentil soup

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(164 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6

Satisfying and simple to make, homemade soup is a great supper or take-to-work lunch

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal287
  • fat8g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre6g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.71g
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  • 2 tsp medium curry powder
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onions, grated



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 eating apple, peeled, cored and grated



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 20g pack coriander, stalks chopped
  • thumb-size piece fresh root ginger, grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 800g sweet potatoes
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 1.2l vegetable stock
  • 100g red lentils
  • 300ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…


  1. Put the curry powder into a large saucepan, then toast over a medium heat for 2 mins. Add the olive oil, stirring as the spice sizzles in the pan. Tip in the onions, apple, garlic, coriander stalks and ginger, season, then gently cook for 5 mins, stirring every so often.

  2. Meanwhile, peel, then grate the sweet potatoes. Tip into the pan with the stock, lentils, milk and seasoning, then simmer, covered, for 20 mins. Blend until smooth using a stick blender. Stir in the lime juice, check the seasoning and serve, topped with roughly-chopped coriander leaves.

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Comments (148)

sindog27's picture

I just chopped the veg instead, it worked just as well considering your blending it anyway. yummy recipie :)

fiona_25's picture

Delicious. I used Frylight instead to keep fat content as low as possible! Ideal to take into work for lunch and freezes and reheats brilliantly!

jimble's picture

This is going to be a firm favourite, it is soooo tasty, and the healthy aspect is a bonus

tanya24's picture

Absolutely delicious, especially on a rainy day! Didn't grate anything as said in the recipe but blended all the ingredients at the end when the soup was cooked.

cjeajj's picture

Like many people I used chunks instead of grating and just simmered fro longer. Also used just 1.5 tsp of mild curry powder which made it milder and suited the family better. Very tasty and will make again. :-)

orangepepsicola's picture

Wish I had read comments about not grateing before I made it as will definately not do that the next time!!
The soup is really lovely, love the freshness of the lime and coriander at the end, simply delicious and is in my binder for the future.

jowens15's picture

so easy and gogeous. For ease you can omit alot of the extra ingredients and its still really tasty!

vixg66's picture

Absolutely delicious

zogmeister75's picture

truly delicious...was looking for a sunday night recipe that I could make with stuff I have in the fridge.

I used shallots instead of onions and FORGET the grating. What a waste of time when you are simmering for 20 mins anyway - I just chopped everything up into cubes. Left the milk out all together (just added extra stock) but was tempted to substitute coconut milk, though that may have been a bit too sweet?

I made half the volume suggested in the recipe. Next time I may add a tad more curry powder and ginger as enjoy the 'warmth' factor.

tomcollins's picture

Fantastic soup, full of flavour, very refreshing.

jct815's picture

Great recipie. you HAVE to try.

annkelman's picture

Very good comfort food. Full of flavour and appears to be very healthy. No need to grate anything appart from the ginger. A definate for my folder and I will make this when famIly and friends come around on cold winter nights for supper.

kathynicolson's picture

I love this soup and I am not a soup person! always remember to put the lime juice in at the end, I missed it out once and it wasn't as good, the lime juice lifts the flavours and give the soup a freshness.

vikgriff28's picture

Loved this soup very warming on a cold day with plenty of crusty bread and usually makes tea and dinner the day after

marion1960's picture

I have just made this, and it is D licious. I didn't grate the potato, as with all other ingredients that need to be chopped, diced, grated, I used Kenwood mini chopper, (it's a Delia cheat) & it's one of the best small electrical gadgets I've ever bought. Takes all the hard work out of making soups. And No, I don't work for Kenwood. I just think every one should have one. They are soo useful. My house is full of delicious aromas. I'm going to freeze in batches, to wow my friends at a later date.

vickpole's picture

I haven't even finished eating this but had to comment how fab it it is! Easy and very very yummy. I didn't have enough sweet potato so grated carrot in and also I didn't have any coriander but I don't think it was missed atall. I used a smoked rapeseed oil rather than olive oil aswell. Anyway, this is a tasty soup! I didn't grate the onions as it was blended and it was great.

vikgriff28's picture

I had to use green lentils as i couldn't get red ones in shop! Was really nice would recommend

vikgriff28's picture

I couldn't get red lentils so had to use green but it was still very tasty

vikgriff28's picture

I couldn't get red lentils so had to use green but it was still very tasty

webster12's picture

Not impressed at all. I was told it tasted like curry sauce. :-(


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