The week before Christmas is often filled with a harried, urgent need to spend. Money, time, hours in the day…in December, our expenditures so often outweigh what we take in. And there’s so much to take in during this month, this introduction to winter!
That moment when you see your breath for the first time this winter.
That moment when snowflakes freeze on your windshield and you can see each individual design.
That moment when you’re holding a steaming mug of soup, curled up under a blanket, letting the steam hit your face while you blow on the spoon.
This soup can help you take in a little but of the holiday season before it arrives, and balance out all the spending (money, time, hours) that makes us with for January.
Inspired by Two Peas and Their Pod , this soup only adds perfection to your well-loved blanket and well-worn spot on the couch.
Lentil Sweet Potato Soup
by Every Little Thing
Keywords: saute soup/stew vegetarian vegan gluten-free Christmas Thanksgiving winter fall
Ingredients (serves 4)
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, leek, and garlic, sauteing until onion is tender and starting to brown. Add sweet potatoes and cook until just soft, 5-7 minutes.
Stir in the vegetable broth, water, and lentils. Add the diced tomatoes, bay leaf, thyme, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a strong simmer then reduce heat and cook on medium-low for about half an hour (or until lentils and sweet potatoes are cooked).
Add spinach and stir. Season again with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaf and serve.
Lentils and sweet potatoes form a natural partnership in this soup. Tomatoes, onion, and spinach dot the surface and add background flavors, while the lentils and potatoes add texture and thickness.
I used sprouted green lentils because that’s what I had on hand. Sprouted lentils cook faster and are actually ideal for salads, but work to add heart to soup too. Use whatever lentils are your favorite – The Kitchn has a great guide on the major differences between colors.
There is something so…December about lentil soup. Take some time this weekend, before Uncle Larry and his kids are in the guest room and you’re up until 3 a.m. stuffing stockings, to spend less and take in more winter goodness.
Do you like lentil soup? Any particular kind of lentil you prefer?