Carrot, sweet potato and lentil soup

What had been a pretty good summer has suddenly and sharply declined into autumn and Edinburgh is cold. Not just a little bit chilly, but wear a jumper, put the heating on kind of cold. This gave me the perfect excuse to make a big pot of soup and use the bowls the lovely people at Culture Vulture sent to me.

This soup is really warming, filling and delicious. I make it pretty thick (I like my soup that way), but if you prefer yours a little thinner, just add a bit more stock. To make this you will need:

    • 2 onions
    • 1 clove of garlic
    • 2 sticks of celery
    • 4 large carrots
    • 1 large sweet potato
    • 100g of red lentils
    • 1.5 litres of vegetable stock
    • 1 tsp of dried thyme
    • 2 tsps of sweet paprika
    • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Add a glug of olive oil to a large pan over a low heat. Chop the onions, garlic, celery and carrots into small pieces and saute. Cover and cook for around 15 minutes, until the vegetables have softened.

2. Chop the sweet potato into small pieces (don’t peel it, there’s lot of flavour in the skin), and add it to the pan. Now pour in the stock, thyme, sweet paprika and lentils. Bring to the boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Blend the soup thoroughly until you have a smooth texture. Season to taste and serve with huge chunks of wholemeal bread.

I can’t get enough of this soup, it’s a new favourite in our house. And what do you think of those cute bowls? I’ve had my eye on that style of bowl for a while, so a big thanks to Culture Vulture for sending some my way. They have loads of other pretty things on their website, so pop on over and treat yourself … it’s nearly payday after all.


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  • Margaret

    Loving this recipe and will definitely be giving it a try. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • chiara

      Thanks Margaret, I hope you enjoy it!x

  • http://oddlylovely.com Cat

    It’s still far from that cold around here, but I’d love to give this a try! My favorite soup last year was butternut squash, which also froze really well for later meals. This looks like it has a similar texture.


    • chiara

      Oooh I love butternut squash soup, another one of my favourites!

  • Kate

    This recipe is great, I’ll try it on some cold autumn day!

    • chiara

      Thanks Kate, I hope you enjoy it x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    I love lentils! Can’t wait to try this one out :)

    • chiara

      Me too, Jessica! I cannot get enough of them!x