Spiced root vegetable soup

Spiced root vegetable soup

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(42 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
This hearty vegetarian soup will warm up cold winter nights and can be frozen for later

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal387
  • fat14g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre9g
  • protein15g
  • salt2.81g
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  • 2 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, finely chopped



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

  • 2 sweet potatoes, chopped
    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…

  • 2 carrots, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 parsnips, chopped



    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise - it looks just…

  • 1 red chilli, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 75g dried green lentils



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 1.3l vegetable stock
  • 425ml milk



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

  • 100g Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onions and fry for 5 mins until softened. Tip in the remaining veg and cook for another 5 mins, adding the chilli and cumin for final 2 mins.

  2. Add the lentils and stock to the pan. Bring to the boil, then lower heat and simmer for 25 mins until veg are tender and lentils are soft. Blitz until smooth with the milk and a little extra water or stock, if necessary. Season, then reheat until piping hot.

  3. Ladle into bowls and serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped coriander.

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Comments (51)

Mollie882's picture

Pretty tasty, but for my taste I added extra spice with some chilli flakes, just to give an extra kick. I also used red instead of green lentils and potato instead of sweet potato, think this worked just fine. Soup already sweet enough so think sweet potato may have been too much.
I also added half a tin of chickpeas as needed using up. This worked well I think, but I think due to adding the chickpeas, and having higher quantities of veg than in recipe, I did need to add a lot more stock. Result being that I had to transfer half the mixture into another saucepan to cook, as was far too muh for my biggest saucepan. Will make again..

RaspberryLemon's picture

This is my go to warming winter soup, so easy and delicious. I double the quantity and freeze half in individual tubs ready to microwave on lazy rainy evenings. A dollop of greek yoghurt is must and I never add the milk... it goes silky smooth anyway if the veg is chopped thinly.

hannahspruijt's picture

Really yummy soup and easy to make. My chilli was quite big and I put it in seeds and all - made it a little too spicy for me (and usually I like a little heat) - next time I'd maybe take the seeds out, especially for kids or entertaining. Nice with the milk though - I was dubious but it makes it really silky.

betsyvriend's picture

Made this soup just now for lunch. Didn't have any sweet potatoes or parsnips OR lentils but instead used celeriac, potatoes and turnips. Added them all at the exact same time as the other veg and the soup turned out beautifully. Only added a splash of milk really as the stock had cooked away a bit and I wanted to get some more liquid in there. Didn't add coriander leaves or greek yoghurt, but nevertheless the cumin and the chilli spiced the soup beautifully and gave it a wonderful mellow warmth. I'll definitely use this recipe as the basis for future soups as it's incredibly easy and adaptable and a great way to get your daily veg intake!

Pedrosium's picture

absolutely gorgeous - a fantastic combination of flavours with a lovely creamy texture :)

Supercook89's picture

I've made this so many times, I don't have any problems with it at all! I think it's perfect and it's one of my family's favourites

cdowling's picture

Was amazing! Didn't need the yoghurt, perfect for a cold winters day!

kecsilsby's picture

Brilliant soup, bit spicy for my little ones (including the hubby) left out the milk and added more stock and next time I'll leave out the chilli. Loved it though.

KevP's picture

Found the parsnip way too strong in this so would reduce down by one and add some squash etc, but otherwise a lovely soup! Also added crushed black pepper as found it lacking without.

harrisongk's picture

I found the soup a bit too sweet, next time I would make with ordinary potatoes rather than sweet potatoes as parsnips are sweet as well.

amy_shorty_81's picture

Loved this would do with a little less milk next time

clairekenny25's picture

This was really easy to make and tasted wonderfull. I used red lentils instead of green as that's all I had in.
I would definately make this again. 5 Stars!

suegriff26's picture

Absolutely delish. Used 2 heaped teaspoons of cumin rather than tablespoons as other half not too keen on spicy. Didn't bother with the yoghurt to serve.

lisawaters7's picture

A gorgeously tasty soup with just a hint of spicy heat! Lovely on its own, but even nicer with the greek yoghurt and coriander!

lisawaters7's picture

A gorgeously tasty soup with just a hint of spicy heat! Lovely on its own, but even nicer with the greek yoghurt and coriander!

fainleog's picture

Yum : delicious! I didn't have any sweet potato so added a couple of smallish potatoes. My children wolfed it down, so I think this recipe is a keeper!

michellecchan's picture

i used roasted squash and one less parsnip. Also used garam masala instead of mustard seeds. Is lovely will make again.

debbiep06's picture

I made this soup because I wanted something different and after reading the reviews I thought it would be tasty and I wasn't disappointed. It was absolutely beautiful and very moreish. My daughter who hates vegetables loved it because as she said "it smells like curry and doesn't taste like vegetables". I will definitely be making this soup a lot especially in the cold months to come.

lizleicester's picture

Trebled the quantities for 10 hungry vegetarians and apart from forgetting the yogurt it was a great success. Served it with warmed Hannukah biscuits from another Good Food recipe.

annieparsnips's picture

Just tucking into a bowl of this soup now....delicious! I forgot to buy the chilli so added a teaspoon on dried chilli flakes instead. Just off to top my bowl up....


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