Tuesday, 8 January 2013


Red lentil and Sweet Potato Soup

“I’m not hungry” was the initial response to this soup at lunch the other day. However as there was no alternative it was eaten and, more was asked for!!!

Yes, it was that tasty!

Just before Christmas I was sent a sample of Garden Gourmet fresh herbs to sample.  I blogged a prawn and noodle recipe

using a selection of the herbs but then didn’t really have time to do any more.

The little tubes of freshness have not been ignored or left festering in the fridge. In fact they have been used in so many different dishes I thought I should just share with you how useful I have found them.

They have been used in soups, sauces, curry’s and even biscuits. The Teens have found them useful when making brownies and garlic bread and they really brightened up several soups.

With a cold spell forecast I thought I would share this healthy tasty red lentil and sweet potato soup with you. Especially those of you trying to get healthy foods into reluctant youngsters I was really pleased with how this went down.

So here it is. 

Thank you Garden Gourmet I have been recommending your little tubes of goodness to everyone.

Gourmet Garden little tubes of fresh herbs


Serves 4
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes


1 carrot
1 onion
500g of sweet potato
150g red lentils
2tsp gourmet garden garlic or 3 cloves of crushed garlic
2tsp gourmet garden fresh ginger or 1 cm of finely chopped fresh ginger
1 Litre of good vegetable stock
1slug of olive oil or approximately 1 tbsp


1.     Put the oil in a large saucepan and heat gently. Chop the onion, sweet potato and carrot and lightly fry in the oil for about 3 minutes.
2.      Add the herbs and stir in coating the vegetables then add the stock and bring to the boil.
3.     Once it has started to boil turn the heat down add the lentils and simmer for 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft.
4.     After about 20 minutes the lentils should have dissolved and the vegetables be soft and crumbly. Using a hand blender blitz it up to a velvety texture...

Then serve with crusty bread and eat!!

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