Sweet potato & lentil soup

Sweet potato & lentil soup

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(172 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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30th Oct, 2012
Just made this, super tasty. As I already had some baked sweet potatoes I used these instead of grated raw ones, and so only used 600ml of stock. I also didn't have any milk so I used 100ml of slightly sweetened soya milk. Delicious!
27th Oct, 2012
Delicious! Chopped instead of grating, used ground ginger and ground coriander, and lemon instead of lime (though i thought it was delicious before i added this too!) Will definitely be making again.
12th Oct, 2012
This is an absolute fave. I'm glad sweet potato season has come round again!
12th Oct, 2012
Great soup. Thanks to all the commentators advising against grating - saved a LOT of time. I doubled the curry powder & used skim milk. Will definitely be making again.
7th Oct, 2012
Very tasty soup, nice texture. Will be doing again.
9th Sep, 2012
Fantastic tasting soup. My only negative comment is all the grating. I think it would be just as good if the vegetables were just chopped.
4th Sep, 2012
Loved it. And so did my 3 year old, who demanded second helpings!
28th Aug, 2012
One of the best soups I have had. Even the kids loved it, with a spoonful of natural yoghurt in; not that it is particularly spicy.
11th Aug, 2012
Didn't have a lime so used a lemon, I also put in less liquid than suggested as I felt it would have been too runny. Very tasty and my 2 year old loved it too :-)
8th Aug, 2012
I initially made this for my boyfriend and I for no specific occasion. It was only the second soup I made and it turned out fabulous. I found it more time consuming grating the sweet potato so I just chopped it ino small cubes and it was fine when blended later on. I can't wait to make this soup again it's already a family favourite!


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