Thursday, 19 November 2015

Winter warmer: sweet potato and lentil soup

Gorgeous.  Just gorgeous.  And simple.
Made in Thermione, other method given too.

From Google images, thank you.
1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
A gloop of butter (that's for Diane!)
About 1/2 tsp crushed garlic from a jar
1 decent sized sweet potato, peeled and chopped roughly.
Three heaped tbst red/orange lentils
A vegetable stock pot (because a vegetarian was going to partake, otherwise I'd have used a chicken stock pot)
A good grating nutmeg (of course)
Some black pepper
Boiling water.

Any other seasonings you fancy - be brave!

Put the butter and the onion in the bowl and saute on 100, speed 2 for 5 mins
Add the remaining ingredients to the pan with enough boiling water to cover and a bit more (comes to about 1.5l in total).
Cook on 100 for 20 mins on 2
Zizz at speed 10 for a minute or lontger until silky smooth
Check seasonings and adjust.  I didn't add any other seasonings or salt.  The stock pot was salty enough.
Reheat to simmering and serve with crusty bread or croutons and maybe some grated cheese.

The normal way.
Saute the onion in butter until soft.
Add the remaining ingredients with enough boiling water to cover and a bit more.
Bring to the boil and simmer, covered, for about 20 mins or until the potato is cooked and the lentils are mushy,
Zizz in a blender or with a hand stick until smooth and velvety.  Check and adjust seasonings
Reheat to simmering point, serve with crusty fresh bread or croutons and maybe some grated cheese.

You could make it thicker by adding more lentils or more sweet potato.  You could add some cream at the end.  I did neither because it was absolutely delicious just the way it was.  It fed three of us, all having seconds.  It would do four fine.


  1. ( I'm commenting all over lol )
    I love lentils but don't have them enough. Your soups are making my mouth water!

  2. And I'm catching up on them months later (sorry)
    Lentils are wonderful, I think.
    J x