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Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup

Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup

I made this soup last weekend when we hit September 1st and in my mind it was basically Christmas. I am obsessed with this time of year and everything about it. All the leaves, the cold weather, LAYERS, Halloween, Bonfire Night, being able to eat as much carby goodness as I can and the most wonderful time of the year  – CHRISTMAS.

It was cold and rainy and I was craving something really comforting. Our flat is a lovely period conversion but the trade off is that it is absolutely bloody freezing as our landlady, bless her, doesn’t seem to have heard of double glazing.

This is a really thick sort of soup and is very filling. If you prefer soups a little runnier just add a bit more stock when you are blending it up. Don’t worry too much about evenly chopping everything as it’ll be thrown in a blender anyway!

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 400g sweet potato (roughly 2 medium) peeled and cubed
  • 50 g red lentils
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger (I use minced out of a jar)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (I use mild as I am feeble but any strength is fine)
  • 150ml milk
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (optional if you have it, I just used bottled)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil

Method

  1. Gently heat the oil in a large saucepan and add your onions. Cook for 5 mins then add the ginger, garlic and spices and cook for a further 2 mins
  2. Tip the sweet potato into the pan along with the lentils and stir to combine with the spice mixture. Pour in the stock and milk and reduce to a low heat. Season with salt and pepper and gently simmer for 20 mins until the sweet potato is soft
  3. Put the mixture into a blender (or do in batches in a Nutribullet like me) and blend until smooth. You’ll be left with a thick, creamy consistency so if you’d like it runnier add extra stock at this point
  4. Stir through the lemon juice, add any extra salt & pepper you’d like then pour into bowls and serve!

 



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