Recipe: Sweet Potato Lentil Soup


1 1/2 cups dried red lentils
3 medium onions, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 leeks, greens removed and whites chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
2 tsp salt
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tsp powdered sage
2 bay leaves
6 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp Marmite, dissolved in 1 cup warm water


  1. Rinse lentils and put in large bowl, covering with at least 4 inches
    of cold water. Let stand for 1 hour. Meanwhile chop vegetables.
  2. In a large pot sauté onions, carrots, and leeks in oil and butter over
    medium heat for 8-10 minutes adding 1 tsp of salt during cooking.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and sautee 3-4 mins. Drain the lentils and add
    to pot with sage and bag leaves, stirring thoroughly.
  4. Add the stock, Marmite solution and remaining tsp of salt. Simmer
    partially covered stirring occasionally for 45-60 minutes or until
    sweet potatoes and carrots are soft.
  5. Serve as is or for a thicker texture purée half the soup in a blender and combine.

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