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Sweet potato, carrot, apple, and lentil soup

I know what you’re thinking.

And I’m totally with you.

Can sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, and lentils really be combined to make anything, ahem … edible?

Yes! And beyond edible, they can be combined to make something really, really good. Seriously, this soup is tasty … pair it with some warm, homemade bread and you’ve got yourself a warm, hearty meal.

I promise … it is good.

So, without further ado, here’s the recipe, taken from allrecipes.com (original recipe found here). This makes 6 or more servings.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup lentils (red or green)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Place the chopped sweet potatoes, carrots, apple, and onion in the pot. Stir and cook the apples and vegetables until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir the lentils, ginger, ground black pepper, salt, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and vegetable broth into the pot with the apple and vegetable mixture. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the lentils and vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Working in batches, pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth and pour into a clean pot. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup right in the cooking pot.
  4. Return the pureed soup to the cooking pot. Bring back to a simmer over medium-high heat, about 10 minutes. Add water as needed to thin the soup to your preferred consistency.
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I love to serve it and not tell people what’s in it before they try it. (Are you seeing a trend with this habit? I mentioned it yesterday regarding zucchini as well … now you probably won’t want to come to my house for dinner because I may be secretive about ingredients I use, right? Well, I might, but … you should still come if invited!). Dinner guests are usually delightfully surprised to hear what is in it because they enjoy the soup so much. I hope you are as equally as delighted with it. Enjoy!
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7 thoughts on “Sweet potato, carrot, apple, and lentil soup

  1. I’m totally going to have another baby so you can bring some delicious food over 🙂

  2. I have all the ingredients for this one! Did your son eat it too? 🙂

    • Erin, my son does eat it! And he really enjoys it, too. At least, he did when I last made it – you know how toddlers’ tastes can vary from one day to another. 😉

  3. Christine on said:

    MMMMMM!!!! Sounds SO good!!! I think I may try giving this to my baby 🙂 With the chili powder, is it spicy at all?

    • I think this would be a great baby food … good idea. Re: the spiciness of it, no – I wouldn’t consider it spicy (and I’m one of those “typical midwesterners who is just now learning about spice b/c I grew up eating mainly salt and pepper as “spices” – in other words, I don’t like my food with a ton of kick. Flavor, yes. Kick – not a ton, please). I consider it to have a full flavor, but not a spicy one.

      • Christine on said:

        Just made it! Delicious!!!! I’m not sure if my kiddos will eat it–mine has a bit of a kick to it. Haven’t thinnned it yet, but I think I may add a little apple juice to it. I only used 1 small apple, and now I wish I had used 2 or 3. OR maybe I’ll just make extra apples when I do babyfood, and then add them to the soup when we have it 🙂 GREAT HEALTHY YUMMY soup!!!!

      • I’m so glad you like it, but am sorry that I didn’t accurately tell you about its spiciness. 😦 Well – more for you (and your husband?) … and it can be frozen, as well. I love it b/c it doesn’t use any meat as well, which makes it a cheaper meal. Gotta love that! 🙂

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