Sweet Potato Lentil Soup-Vegan

I just love soups with a little kick, but to really balance and turn up the flavor, I like a little sweetness! That is the reasoning behind this soup I created. It has become quite a staple in my family. It has a deep warm and smoky flavor that is balanced out with the sweetness of sweet potatoes. It’s earthy and the epitome of comfort food. It couldn’t be any simpler either, just throw everything into a pot and let it cook!

The soup will become a deep reddish brown color. So warm and comforting!

Recipe:  Makes about 8 cups  Prep time: 15 mins  Cook time:  30 mins

1 lb bag of dry green lentils

1 large red onion, chopped

3-4 large garlic cloves or 1 tablespoon garlic powder

2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into bite size chunks

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika (important here)

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sea salt (add more to desired taste)

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Pinch of cayenne pepper (to taste)

3 tablespoons tomato paste

Lemon zest for garnish (optional)

Rinse lentils well and throw them into a large pot with 8 cups of water. Next, peel and chop the sweet potatoes into bite size pieces and add them to the pot. Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic and throw into the pot. Now add all of the seasonings and stir well to combine everything. Bring to a boil, stir, turn to simmer and put the lid on with it slightly tilted to let some of the steam escape. Simmer for 25-30 mins or until the lentils are tender but not mushy, stirring a few times during the cooking process. If you cook it too fast, the lentils will not become tender. Add the tomato paste last and stir to melt. Add any more salt to taste and garnish with lemon zest.

Nutrition per 1 cup serving:  143.8 calories/ 34.3 carbs/ 15g protein/ 0g fat


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6 Comments on “Sweet Potato Lentil Soup-Vegan”

  1. patrickshine
    August 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM #

    This soup is a homerun! It is super simple to make, and just bursts with flavor. It is a very hearty soup with a nice little kick to it. It’s great for summer or fall amd makes enough for generous sevings for two days. Knowing it’s so good for you is just an added bonus.

    • September 28, 2012 at 6:56 AM #

      I’m so glad y’all loved it! Thank you! So many family and friends make it during the fall and just love it! 🙂

  2. petit4chocolatier
    September 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM #

    Wow! This looks so incredibly delicious! I love the chunks of sweet potatoes!

  3. February 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM #

    This reminds me of the red lentil and sweet potato soup that’s on the Whole Living detox! I just LOVE the combination of lentils and sweet potato in soup, but I would probably get sick of the soup if I ate it every week…this is the perfect thing to change things up with! 🙂


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