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November 22, 2009

Silky Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup

I was down and out with an ugly cold for the better part of the last week. Today is the first day that I woke up feeling pretty great, with just a few pesky symptoms still lingering. It's recipes like this one that save the day on the long days spent at home waiting out the return of good health. It's a very short, yet very tasty list of ingredients, that requires very little hands on time to prepare. A piping hot bowl of this smooth comforting soup is just what the doctor ordered for my sore throat. Sick or not, this soup is definitely a keeper.

Silky Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup
(adapted from Vegan Feast Kitchen)

1 tbsp olive oil
2 small (or 1 medium) onions, chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ginger, minced
4 cups vegetarian broth
2 cups cubed, peeled sweet potatoes
2/3 cup red lentils, picked over and rinsed
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with paprika or smoked paprika sprinkled on each bowl

Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Add onions and ginger and saute until the onions are translucent. Stir in cumin and saute for another minute, stirring constantly. Add vegetable broth, sweet potatoes, and lentils and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes and lentils are tender. Blend soup until smooth using blender or submersion blender. Stir in lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve into soup bowls and garnish with paprika or smoked paprika.

Serves 4.


  1. i'm sorry you were feeling under the weather, Sarah - but i'm glad you're much better today. i don't like how colds they always linger for a bit. no fun.

    your silky red lentil soup sounds so comforting! i love that it's simple and looks pretty inexpensive to make, too. the combinations of spices sound great - i loooove ginger, smoked paprika, and cumin. i also love that we have all the ingredients on hand - this means we're gonna have to try it out super soon.

    thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  2. Oh, I'm sorry you were not feeling well last week.

    This soups looks and sounds really good and so comforting. I love this simple recipe, I'll give it a try as soon as I have all the ingredients in my kitchen, YUM!

    Hope you're feeling 100% better:)

  3. Glad you are feeling better.

    I made my own variation of Bryanna's soup too. The texture is amazing isn't it?


  4. My in-laws keep asking me what I want for Christmas and I think I'm going to tell them an immersion blender. I love soup way too much to keep going on without one.

    This soup was the breaking point. Thank you. (And my mother in law thanks you as well since now I have something to tell her.)

  5. This is a perfect comfort-food kind of soup! Sounds delicious.

  6. That sounds so good. I've been ill for most of this month and I've been living off soup in various forms!

    I hope you're fully recovered soon.

  7. I'm glad you are feeling better and that this soup helped! :)

  8. I feel ya- I'm having my own "sick day" today, which doesn't mean too much in terms of my work load, but I'm doing heavy doses of orange juice and soup. If I can muster the motivation, I'll definitely make this one!

  9. Ooohhh... that looks fabulous!! I love creamy soups:)

  10. Hope your feeling much better.

    The colour of the soup looks really lovely and appealing. I especially like the paprika touch.

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  13. That soup looks sooo lovely - I can definitely see why it helped make you feel better :)


  14. We are using your recipe as the inspiration for a soup at our restaurant this week. It has been REALLY popular! The combination of lentils and sweet potato is super tasty. Thanks for sharing it!

  15. This looks ridiculously delicious. MUST HAVE NOW.


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