Thursday, February 07, 2013

Curried Lentil, Sweet Potato, and Bacon Soup

Curried Lentil, Sweet Potato, and Bacon Soup

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Curried Lentil, Sweet Potato, and Bacon Soup

From the book: Keep It Seasonal by Annie Wayte

This hearty soup is a meal in itself. Use either green or brown lentils – they cook in more or less the same amount of time. You could also use red lentils, adding them 10 minutes after you have added the stock
Course: Soup
Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 45 Min
Total Time: 55 Min
Serves: 4


  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 strips thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (We always use more :)
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1 small leek (white part only), finely diced
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 Cup green or brown lentils (Puy and French green lentils are my favorite.) 
  • 1-2 Teaspoon curry powder, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh sage (I use dried, but don't measure.)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (Dried as with the sage.)
  • 9 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 Cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 Cup chopped fresh organic cilantro


  1. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and saute until it is brown and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside on paper towels.
  2. Add onion and celery to the pan and saute gently for 10 minutes. If the pan gets too hot, add a splash of the stock and stir well.
  3. Add leek, garlic, sweet potatoes, lentils, curry powder, sage and thyme. Sauté for another 5 minutes. Return bacon to pan and add stock.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables and lentils are tender, approximately 30 minutes.
  5. Add parsley and cilantro, stir well, and serve.
  6. Add baby spinach if desired.

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  1. This looks like all my favorite things. In one. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  2. Thank you for sharing! :). Excited to try it out!


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