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Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes & Spinach

Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes & Spinach

I was a little nervous the first time I made lentil soup for Josh. It was early on in our marriage and I wasn’t sure if Josh even liked lentils. Lentil soup is one of my favorites, so I took a risk and made it for dinner one night. I happily discovered that Josh also loves lentil soup. We now enjoy lentil soup on a regular basis, especially during the cold winter months.  I am always mixing up the ingredients to keep our meals interesting.  My latest creation is Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes & Spinach.

I have been adding sweet potatoes to everything lately-risotto, tostadas, biscuits, so why not add them to soup? I can’t get enough! I also threw in fresh spinach because the bunch in our refrigerator was starting to look questionable. I love it when I can put our produce to good use.

This vegetarian lentil soup is packed with flavor, protein, nutrients, and heart-warming goodness. It is a great recipe for January-healthy and comforting. This soup freezes beautifully, another reason I love this soup. Make a large pot and save some for later. And if you aren’t sure if your kids or spouse will eat lentil soup, don’t ask, just make it. I am sure they will like it!

Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach

Yield: Serves 8-10


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 1/2 cups brown lentils
4 (15 ounce) cans vegetable broth
2 cups water
2 cans (15 ounce) diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups chopped fresh spinach


1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Saute until onion is tender and garlic is light brown in color. Add carrot, celery, and sweet potatoes. Cook until vegetables soften, about 5-7 minutes.

2. Stir in the lentils, vegetable broth, and water. Add the diced tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme, and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Cook on medium-low heat for about 35-40 minutes or until lentils are cooked.

3. Add the fresh spinach and stir. If necessary, season with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaves and serve warm.

If you like this lentil soup, you might also like:

Vegetarian Lentil Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod
Curried Butternut and Red Lentil Soup from Eat, Live, Run
Orange Lentil Soup from Phoo-d
Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach from Cookin’ Canuck

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115 Responses to “Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes & Spinach”

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  1. Erica — January 19, 2011 @ 3:58 am

    One of my favorite things about soup is how interchangeable the ingredients are! You can definitely use what you have on hand and make a great meal. This look delicious

  2. Blog is the New Black — January 19, 2011 @ 4:25 am

    I love soup! So versatile. This lentil soup looks great!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet — January 19, 2011 @ 4:26 am

    Love me some lentils. This soup sounds delicious.

  4. Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 19, 2011 @ 4:29 am

    Lentil soup is a favorite of mine! Looks delicious :)

  5. Katrina — January 19, 2011 @ 5:24 am

    This soup looks simply amazing! I love sweet potato!

  6. ashley@quasichick — January 19, 2011 @ 5:32 am

    This looks incredible, and I happen to have all of those ingredients. I am making this ASAP!

  7. Heather (heather's dish) — January 19, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    i love lentil soups, but i’ve never tried sweet potatoes in there! what a fabulous flavor combination!

  8. Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — January 19, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    Wow-delicious looking recipe. Lentils are so good!

  9. Ohh, this sounds amazing. I love lentil soup, and can only imagine how delicious it must be with the addition of sweet potatoes and spinach. I’m adding this to my recipe file. 😀

  10. cathyb.@brightbakes — January 19, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    thanks for such healthy wonderful looking recipes!
    cathy b.

  11. I’ve never met a lentil I didn’t like, in soup or otherwise! Great combination of flavors here, what a nice hearty soup.

  12. Jenny Flake — January 19, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Beautiful and delicious!

  13. Design Wine and Dine — January 19, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    I adore a good Lentil Soup and love how you kept it vegetarian. Adding sweet potatoes is a great idea too…adds so much flavor and packs it full of nutrients! Beautiful!

  14. Molly Chester — January 19, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    This looks delicious! So accessible and beautiful photography, too!

  15. susan — January 19, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    lentil soup is a household favorite over here as well! it’s the perfect winter night meat!

  16. allison [Haute Box] — January 19, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    I love the color in this soup. Lentil soup also happens to be one of my favorites!

  17. Sues — January 19, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    This looks beautiful! And sounds perfect for all this freezing weather :) I’ve discovered that my fiance likes lentils much more than I thought he would. Yay!

  18. EatLiveRun — January 19, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Lentil soup is one of my favorites, but I’ve never added sweet potatoes before. Looks yummy!

  19. Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! — January 19, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    I love lentil soup and like you enjoy changing up the add-ins. Love the sweet potatoes!

  20. Lisa {With Style and Grace} — January 19, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Yum!! I’m definitely going to make this!

  21. kate@ahealthypassion — January 19, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    ooh this soup looks so delicious and hearty I cant wait to try it :)

  22. sally — January 19, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    Looks delicious and perfect for cold weather!

  23. Lindsey Johnson — January 19, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    You know what, I was wondering what to do with the rest of the spinach and sweet potatoes I have on hand. I usually do a soup with kale, sweet potatoes, and white beans. I’m going to try this. Perfect for a cold day like today.

  24. Rebecca — January 19, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    I LOVE when you posts soups! They’re my favorite!! Even better, I have all of these ingredients at home. It’s fate!

    Coffee and Inspiration

    • twopeas replied: — January 19th, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      I am so glad you enjoy our soup posts:) One of my favorite things to make and eat!

  25. Shaina — January 19, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    This looks like a wonderfully hearty soup. Love the colors!

  26. Such a warm, inviting and comforting soup. Perfect for the winter months. This looks absolutely delicious, Maria. Thank you for sharing it.

  27. megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 19, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I love lentil soup. There is a lebanese restaurant near my parents that makes the most amazing lentil soup. I have tried to recreate it but so far haven’t even come close! This looks like a great version.

  28. fooddreamer — January 19, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Lentil soup is one of my all-time favourites and this version looks particularly good!

  29. pigpigscorner — January 19, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    This is so hearty! This reminds me of the half-opened box of lentils I have in the pantry!

  30. Pam — January 19, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    This looks like a bowl full of goodness!

  31. Joanne — January 19, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    One of the best things about soup is that you can kind of just throw anything in and it will still taste good! Plus sweet potatoes compliment everything, i’ve found. This looks delicious!

  32. Lucy Lean — January 19, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    LOVE lentils and yet have never thought of using sweet potatoes with them – must try it – looks SO good.

  33. Jennifer (Savor) — January 19, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Thanks for such a healthy soup recipe

  34. Rebekah — January 19, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    this recipe came just in time! I have some produce that needs to be used up pronto! Thanks!!

  35. Melissa — January 19, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    What I love about your lentil soup is that it is colorful. My lentil soup, tasty yes, but not so picturesque. Beautiful!

  36. ann steinbach — January 19, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    It’s perfect lentil soup weather. Yours looks delicious!

  37. Danielle — January 19, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Looks incredible! I can’t wait to try the recipe out!
    Thank you!

  38. marla {family fresh cooking} — January 19, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    I am with you Maria, sweet potatoes and lentils are always welcomed over here! Great soup recipe :) xo

  39. Cookin' Canuck — January 19, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    We love lentil soup here, too. The addition of sweet potatoes and spinach make this a powerhouse of nutrients!

  40. Victor @ RandomCuisine — January 19, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    I was looking for a warmy lentil soup recipe. I bookmark the recipe. Thanks Maria!

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