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Red Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Kale


Time to face it. Summer is long gone and cooler days and nights are here. It’s time to simmer big pots of vegetable soup.

Red lentils make a great base for veggie soup. They start out as reddish-orange disks, but cook down to make a thickened, brown soup base. Perfect for adding chunky sweet potatoes and leafy green kale.

Red Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium white or yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

5 cups water

1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons bittersweet paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
12 ounces fresh sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (2 cups)
4 cups chopped fresh kale leaves (stems removed)
Freshly ground black pepper

In large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds until fragrant but not browned. Add water, lentils, salt, coriander, paprika and cumin. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

Add sweet potatoes; simmer 10 to 15 minutes until sweet potatoes are just tender. Add kale, simmer about 5 minutes more or until kale reaches desired tenderness. Season soup with freshly ground black pepper.

Makes about 7 cups soup.

Serving Tip: Add a squeeze of lemon juice or some chopped fresh tomatoes to each bowl of soup.

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  • Laudie November 16, 2011, 6:10 pm

    We loved this recipe…scale of 1 to 10…it was a 10! Thank you for sharing!

  • elvie January 30, 2012, 5:38 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I found it through pinterest. I just made this for lunch, and although I do not usually eat vegan, this was full of flavor and I didn’t miss the meat! I used a yam instead of sweet potato and omitted the onion because that’s what I had. This made a lot so I am going to freeze half and save it for another week. Delicious!

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