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

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  • 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

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    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



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  • 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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10th Jan, 2014
This is full of flavour, had it for dinner tonight as suggested by the BBC good food diet advice. Good with some sour dough bread. The only comment is that it is a little watery.
7th Jan, 2014
Delicious. Lovely texture and generous portions. I followed the recipe exactly except I didn't bother grating anything, just chopped it fairly small (it gets blended anyway so all you need to do is ensure the potato is cooked until soft).
1st Dec, 2013
Worst recipe ever! Unless you enjoy standing grating vegetables for hours. Be careful of 'toasting' the spices. Likely to give you black soup!
3rd Oct, 2014
Why did you do this recipe in the first place, when it clearly instructs you to grate the vegetables. Open a tin next time!
13th Nov, 2013
Very good. Will definitely be making this again, but without the grating.
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2nd Nov, 2013
First time made soup from sweet potato, fantastic texture and easy quick to make it.Sweet dishes not my favorite, but wanted to experiment this recipe due to different comments and high rated. No need to grate everything if you will blend it all anyway, potato can be used 500 g., 800 g too much. Lemon/lime juice add just before serving the soup with chopped coriander on top, add chili flakes if like little spicy but not hot. Chili and lemon juice breaks sweetness and adds more flavor. Loved it. Bon Appetite
22nd Oct, 2013
Terrible, just terrible............ OK, I didn't have lime, I used chicken stock, I didn't have corriander storks, other than that I followed the recipe to the letter which produced a very dull and slightly sweet soup. I made a double quantity too because of the high ratings............. I want my money back! :)
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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!


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