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)

melaniespiteri's picture

Didn't need to grate the sweet potato. Soup was delicious. Instead of just normal milk, I also added some light coconut milk, which I think added to its yumminess.

sodastreamdreams's picture

Delicious soup and the recipe is big enough to make a batch for every day of the week, also it freezes well =]

sarahrt's picture

This soup is really yummy - in my opinion, it is better than the more popular 'spiced carrot and lentil' recipe on this website. I used ground ginger and didn't use fresh coriander, but the outcome was still lovely. As others suggested, I didn't need to grate any of the ingredients. Also, I would say definitely don't miss out the lime - I tried the soup before and after I added the lime, and it really made the soup perfect.

aileenwaldron's picture

Made this for family sunday lunch, they all loved it and wanted the recipe. Didn't bother grating anything and it still tasted beautifully.

becky606's picture

This soup is great, I also just chopped everything and it was fine. Made a few changes - swapped the apple for 3 sticks of celery and instead of 300ml of milk I put in an extra 300ml of vegetable stock. Very hearty soup.

divasparkle's picture

Ginger was the only thing I grated and I left out the milk. Added chill flakes for an little kick...will try with cumin as well next time. Great to take in to work for lunch - filling and warming.

filcher's picture

very tasty and very easy to make

giordifer's picture

Delicious! It is similar in taste to the mulligatawny soup. Will definitely make this again :)

katrinaferg's picture

Really tasty soup. I would probably use less liquid next time though, as it's very thin and I prefer my soup a bit thicker.

lbladen's picture

Sorry forgot to rate!

lbladen's picture

Didn't have coriander but was lovely without. Soup was thick and tasty. Wish I'd read the reviews before I spent ages grating the sweet potato though. Will definitely be making again and no grating next time!

steveogilvie's picture

really good soup. Didn't have enough sweet potato, so did 50:50 with ordinary potato and it went down really well.

gerbas's picture

Lovely filling soup. I used soya milk and it still tasted nice.

mwsc11050's picture

Lovely. As others have suggested I didn't grate the ingredients just chopped them small and didn't liquidise it either and everyone loved it - except Archie aged 7 but then I didn't really think he would!

georgelikescake's picture

I had such high hopes for this soup after reading all the comments so was quite disappointed by the end result. Too runny for my personal preference, and it was quite bland, especially when compared to what ingredients went in to it. I'm really not sure why mine was so bland as I did everything the recipe says.. ho hum. Would suggest adding more spices and less stock, but I won't be making this again...

koukla14's picture

I have now made this soup 4 times.its so tastey and still have 3 portions in the freezer,changed nothing in the recipe other than i didn't grate anything just chopped it.

zippiepurplemonkey's picture

Loved it!! I didn't bother to grate the potatoes - just chopped them. We're dairy free, so omitted the milk (didn't add any dairy substitutes) and it was delicious - even my toddlers loved it! Even hubby, who isn't a soup fan, had 3 bowls!

rachierut's picture

Like everyone else didn't bother grating all the ingredients as its really not necessary. Loved the flavours in this soup, however i preferred the soup before the addition of the lime. All in all a very tasty soup.

flirtinflight's picture

full of flavour and quick and easy to prepare. And a great way to get vitamins into my 2 year old - he loves his soups!

claireybobs1979's picture

lovely warming soup. easy to make, decided to follow the advice on here and not grate everything.


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