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Sweet potato & lentil soup

Sweet potato & lentil soup

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(185 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 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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KcPrincess's picture
4th Oct, 2013
I've made a few soups using recipes from this site, but this was by far my favourite!! Definitely no need to grate everything!! (I won't be doing that again!!) I did forget to add the lime juice at the end but it was delicious so don't think I'd use it next time either!
26th Sep, 2013
Lovely soup easy to freeze
15th Sep, 2013
This is absolutely amazing.. I didn't add the oil and used half sweet potato and half butternut squash - It is perfect for something comforting. Nice served with a pitta bread or crusty roll. Now a firm fav!
Murfy's picture
3rd Aug, 2013
Gorgeous! I think it should be called coconut curry soup though, as that's what it tastes of.
16th Jul, 2013
My absolutely favorite soup now! Creamy thick and spicy but not too spicy. Garnish it in the bowls with a swirl of natural yogurt and sprinkling of coriander leaves.
osmianannya's picture
4th Jul, 2013
This is a brilliant recipe! xx
30th May, 2013
My kids really loved this , and it was filling , I gave it to them with fresh bread , I make myself. I will reduce the amount of coriander next time.
4th May, 2013
8th Mar, 2013
Absolutely love this soup. I didn't have quite enough sweet potato, so used half a butternut squash too. It was delicious - will definitely make again. I can recommend this for making in the slow cooker. It took approximately 2 hours on high.
7th Mar, 2013
I read the previous comments and made this with coconut milk instead of cow's milk. I also used a pouch of preprepared puy lentils instead of the red lentils. I have to say that this is the best soup I have ever made, maybe even ever tasted! Went down well with all members of the family.


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