This Hearty Vegan Soup with Lentils, Sweet Potatoes and Kale is thick enough to be served as a stew! Healthy, purse friendly and super filling, it will keep your belly happy all winter long!
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If you, like myself, have resolved to eat more healthily in the new year then you HAVE to add this recipe to your repertoire.
It is packed with healthy stuff – and ONLY healthy stuff – it is delicious, filling, vegan and reheats like a dream. Seriously, it is a healthy resolution on its own!
It also is such a hearty soup that it straddles the line between soup and stew. No one would argue with you if you called it a stew and served it over rice or potatoes.
I say it is a soup, albeit a very thick one, but I will leave you to make up your own minds on that score 😉
This recipe was originally shared on Instagram and it only went and won the Kallo Soup competition. I have updated the recipe somewhat – only because I always tinker with recipes, even my own, every time I make them.
Essentially though it is pretty unchanged – I only swapped some ingredients to suit what I had available. I used puy lentils as they cook relatively quickly without need for soaking and also keep their shape. You can also use canned lentils as a shortcut!
MORE HEALTHY SOUPS TO TRY
- Sweet Potato and Chickpea Soup – this is, hands down, one of THE most popular recipes on the entire site!
- Spinach and Zucchini Soup – another winning vegan soup!
- Greek Lentil Soup – this hearty and purse friendly soup is a meal in itself. Serve with crusty bread!
- Red Lentil Soup – a lighter vegan soup inspired by Indian Dal.
Lentil, Sweet potato and Kale Soup
- 580 ml | 2 1/3 cups hot vegetable stock
- 1 x400g 14oz can light coconut milk
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 3 banana shallots finely chopped
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 250 g | 9oz puy lentils rinsed
- 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and finely diced
- 2 carrots peeled and finely diced
- 4 large kale leaves ribs removed, finely chopped
- salt and pepper to season
- pinch dried chilli flakes to serve
- olive oil and extra vinegar to drizzle optional
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add the shallots, garlic, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. Sauté over low heat for 7 minutes until softened.
- Add the sweet potatoes, carrot and tomato purée. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
- Add the lentils, stock and coconut milk and bring to a rolling boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Break up the sweet potatoes using the back of a wooden spoon or liquify two ladlefuls of the soup in a blender and then add back into the soup, stirring it in.
- Add the chopped kale, cover the pot and continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the soup is too thick you can add a little hot water to thin it out.
- Stir in the vinegar and check the seasoning.
- Serve with a pinch of dried chilli flakes and add a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar.
• You might need to add extra liquid when reheating the soup as it will become very thick if stored.
• You can also use butternut squash instead of the sweet potato.
• You can use cavolo nero instead of Kale – it might need a little less cooking.
I like to make new soups every week for work. I’m definitely pinning this for the future, looks really filling!
Christine @ Yum and in Love says
oooooh, I made something like this once and it was a big hit and this is reminding me of it- I will definitely be trying this! 🙂
Lucy Parissi says
It is a versatile recipe – you can serve it as a soup or as a stew… definitely worth making a big batch. Which reminds me…
Claire @foodiequine says
This looks and sounds fantastic. Almost dahl like. Perfect comfort food AND good for you #winwin
I love chunky hearty soups with lots of bits in it! This recipe is so up my street. Super healthy and full of amazing flavours 😀 well done for winning the soup competition (yay!) 😀
Camilla Hawkins says
This looks like an awesome soup Lucy and just the kind my family would love as we all love lentils:-)
When I made this from your Instagram post I find it in the slow cooker with red lentils and yes they do break down but it works I promise! It made it more like a stew than a soup but I really liked it all the same. Possibly even more comforting?! There was plenty of texture still because if the other ingredients and I felt so healthy and virtuous eating it.
Lucy Parissi says
Nice to hear it works with red lentils too! I think they have a slightly different taste which is why I used green lentils. The slow cooker option sounds perfect – how long did you cook it for?
Errr, to be honest I can’t remember. I think I just left it on low until I had finished my housework then turned it up to high to finish off. Not a very helpful answer I know! I’d like to try it again with out lentils to see which texture I prefer.
Ceri Jones says
This looks delicious Lucy – right up my street and so warming right now. Beautiful pics as ever