The culinary adventures of a 20-something woman navigating the wonderful world of food!

The culinary adventures of a 20-something year old woman navigating the wonderful world of food!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Simple Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup

I love sweet potatoes, and I love lentils. I love them SO much that I have another soup already on this blog!  This one is a bit different - much simpler, and the ingredients do not get pureed. It resembles a traditional vegetable soup more than the previous recipe. It is loaded with fibre and vitamins, so its perfect for this time of year when most of us are on diets & detoxing post-holidays.
I used dried lentils, but you could certainly used canned. If you do choose to use the latter, make sure to rinse them well, and add them about 10 minutes before serving instead of letting them boil with the rest of the soup.

1 large sweet potato, peeled & diced (about 1 cm pieces)
1 cup dry red lentils (or 2 cups canned)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups diced tomatoes
4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 tsp oregano
1 bay leaf

1. Heat oil in large saucepan. Add onion & garlic and cook until translucent.
2. Add sweet potatoes and lightly brown, about 3 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
4. Remove bay leaf.
5. Serves 6

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