Sweet potato & lentil soup

Sweet potato & lentil soup

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(194 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

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    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 low-sodium 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



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  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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29th May, 2017
Really simple and tasty. I didn't have an apple so I left that out and just chopped and blended. Really nice and will definitely make again
3rd May, 2017
Now a staple, as easy to make and everyone enjoys. Like everyone else, I have amended to suit; I don't grate, but chop; I don't always add the apple; and I don't use milk, just increase the amount of stock accordingly. Really very tasty!
6th Feb, 2017
This soup, like others say, is definitely thick and filling and quite tasty, but as per other comments, I agree that it's too sweet - and I made it without the apple! I'm not a fan of curry powder, so instead my husband and I added our own mix of ground spices (coriander, cumin, red chilli powder and a touch of turmeric), but even with this alteration, I think the overriding sweetness was a bit too much for us. In future, I will just be sticking to my Pakistani daal recipe, which is essentially a spicy lentil soup.
Dot Cotton
19th Jan, 2017
Yummy & really filling
11th Jan, 2017
A lovely smooth soup. The quantities listed made a huge amount - almost spilling out over the sides of my biggest saucepan. Really yummy, will define making again. I chopped, as couldn't be bothered with grating. Would do this again. I didn't have any fresh coriander so used dried. I would use fresh in future as when it comes to coriander, I find the dry stuff rarely hits the mark. In the future I would leave out the lime. They're a pricey little fruit, and I actually forgot to add it when making this soup. After eating the soup (and loving it!), I saw the lime on the kitchen side. I then added it, and tasted the soup again. I regretted adding it, and wished I hadn't. Other comments are right, it does add an additional tang, but I honestly thought the soup was better without.
18th Dec, 2016
Although this take a lot of time to prepare (way more than 10 minutes), it is definitely worth it! Very thick and filling and extremely tasty.
4th Mar, 2016
Nice thick filling soup
23rd Feb, 2016
Fantastic soup! But it took a LOT longer than 10 mins to prepare - also makes more than 6 servings, but that's not a problem :-)
3rd Feb, 2016
This recipe is absolutely amazing! It's quite easy to make, but it took me almost two hours to prepare and cook instead of 35 minutes. I have no idea how people can do the prep in 10 minutes.
12th Jan, 2016
I don't know.. There was something tasty about the soup but its aftertaste is so weird. Won't make it again unfortunately


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