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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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

  1. Florence — January 19, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    I have favourited this – it looks delicious – thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  2. Bridgett — January 19, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    Great idea with the sweet potatoes!

  3. twopeas — January 19, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

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

  4. HokieKate — January 19, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    I just finished my first bowl of this soup, and I am heading back for my second. Thank you!

  5. Tracy — January 19, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    Sounds light and lovely!

  6. twopeas — January 19, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    I always go back for seconds too:)

  7. Amanda R — January 19, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    I’ve been looking for something healthy and delicious and possibly vegetarian. It’s just sounded so right. And your soup has answered the call of my stomach. I can’t wait to try it!

  8. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 19, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    Beautiful dish. I am emailing the link to my Mom she will love this, all of her favorites!

  9. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — January 19, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    This is my kind of soup, it looks so delicious and filling! I absolutely love lentils, spinach and sweet potatoes in soups. I’m so glad you’ve included them all! What a wonderful recipe, thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to try it out! :)

  10. Jeanette — January 20, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    Sweet potatoes, lentils, spinach, what a healthy colorful combination!

  11. Rach @ ThisItalianFamily — January 20, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Hi there! Found your blog via Tasty Kitchen and I thought I’d say hi. :) This soup looks super delicious!

  12. kate@ahealthypassion — January 20, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    i’m making this tonight :)

  13. kat — January 20, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    A perfect healthy winter dish

  14. Marly — January 20, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Yummy vegetable soup – interesting ingredients too!

  15. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — January 20, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    Mmmm I love that you added sweet potato into this! It’s seriously my favorite and makes any dish taste even better.

  16. Emily — January 20, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    I love lentils. This looks like a wonderful soup. I want some of your pancakes, too. :)

  17. Georgia Pellegrini — January 20, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    The sweet potato really makes this soup come alive in such a lovely way. Thanks for sharing this idea

  18. Phoo-d — January 21, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    I have some spinach that is starting to go too. Using it in a lentil soup is a great idea! This recipe looks wonderful. I love your soup bowls! Thank you for the link out to my orange lentil soup.

  19. Darla @ Bakingdom — January 21, 2011 @ 6:33 am

    Yay! More soup!! I am in such a cozy, comforting, warm food mood lately…even here, where it’s warm. There’s just something about this time of year that will always make me crave these kinds of foods, no matter what the climate! Can’t wait to make this Sunday for dinner! Thanks!

  20. twopeas — January 21, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    You are very welcome. I will be trying your soup next:)

  21. twopeas — January 21, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    Glad you said hello! Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Sarah — January 21, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Hello, love your blog and this is a great soup recipe!

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  23. Dana — January 21, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    I made something like this last week when Randy was doing his cleanse. He tolerates lentils but doesn’t love them. But let me tell you, he INHALED this soup and professed his love for lentils! I’m not expecting it to last but I’m going to make some soon before he changes his mind… :)

  24. twopeas — January 21, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    I am glad your husband changed his mind, hopefully he won’t change back:)

  25. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — January 22, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    I just bought a big bag of lentils last week at the store, and now I know what I’m going to do with them. Great recipe!

  26. Alpha Omega — January 22, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    I made this wonderful soup last night, and my husband pronounced it “the best lentil soup i’ve ever had.” Better than Jane Brody’s? i asked. “Yup,” said he. Thanks for a new favourite!

  27. Amanda — January 22, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    Sounds amazing! I love soup, need to plan more into my menu :)

  28. twopeas — January 22, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    I am glad the soup is a new favorite!

  29. Sia — January 23, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    I just made this with three substitutions: I used sweet yams instead of sweet potatos, I didn’t have thyme so I used oregano, and after I added the spinach, I threw in a couple of dashes of balsamic vinegar. and OMG this is delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe!

  30. twopeas — January 23, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    I love the substitutions you made! Glad you enjoyed it.

  31. Hilary Cooper-Kenny — January 24, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    I made this soup yesterday……omg……it is the best soup ever. I can’t say enough about it.
    Thank you so much for this recipe. What a keeper!!!!!!!

  32. twopeas — January 24, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    One of our new favorites too!

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  35. kate@ahealthypassion — January 25, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    im making this tonight, can’t wait!

  36. Aggie — January 28, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    I feel the same way when I make lentil soup for people, am never sure if they will like it! I grew up on lentil soup and LOVE it. I just made a version of it this past week with spinach and red bell pepper, so good! Will try with sweet potatoes!! Yummy!

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  39. Simply Life — February 26, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks amazing!

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