With a sweet and spicy flavor, this Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup is the perfect easy soup to brighten up a late winter's day.
Get a healthy and quick dinner on the table tonight with this Moroccan Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup. With lean protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and veggies, this soup is a filling and nearly perfect post-workout recovery meal. Run, don't walk, to make this soup tonight!
Back during my single years, one of my favorite things to make was a big pot of soup. If I put it together on Sunday or Monday, I could eat it throughout the week for lunch and -- if I was feeling my standard disdain for doing dishes-- dinner too
Minestrone soup, pumpkin and sausage, beef & barley, butternut squash, red lentil… and the list of rotating soups goes on. And it’s a good thing it did because the man of my dreams didn’t end up feeling the same way about it. That is, unless if the soup was either creamy or super stewy.
That’s when this sweet potato and lentil soup was born. About a year into marriage and craving something warm, comforting and filling I was looking for something I could count on for lunch a few days in a row. Technically still a soup, but still not too much liquid to make it brothy.
And did I mention plenty of heft in each bite to make it filling? He still might only want to eat it with me for one or two meals but at least I now have someone to help me with those dishes.
This sweet potato soup with kale is one of my winter favorites. It's ...
- Easy and quick to make
- Fridge or freezer friendly
- Perfect for leftovers
- Full of complex carbs and protein (i.e. an ideal workout recovery food)
- Satisfying, but not food-coma inducing
- Sweet & Spicy
How to make this healthy sweet potato soup:
Whip this Moroccan Sweet Potato Lentil Soup together in a handful of easy-to-follow steps!
- Saute onions and carrots in oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Then, add in turkey (if using) and saute for another 4-5 minutes, or until crumbled and no longer pink.
- Add garlic to the pot and cook stirring constantly. We don't want any garlic sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Add sweet potatoes, lentils, and spices to the pot and bring to a boil. Then lower to medium-low heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so.
- While the soup is cooking: combine all drizzle ingredients (harissa through lemon juice) in a small bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside.
- At the end of 25 minutes of the soup cooking: add kale to the soup pot and stir in until incorporated. Cover pot and simmer for another 3-5 minutes, or until kale is bright green in color.
- Remove bay leaves from the soup. Scoop stew into bowls and drizzle 1- 1.5 heaping tablespoons of the harissa drizzle over each bowl. Garnish with any extra black pepper. Serve hot!
Sweet Potato and Harissa Soup Cooking Notes:
- I like to make this sweet potato soup with turkey in it, but it can easily be made vegetarian or vegan. Just omit the turkey and turkey cooking step, add about ¼ cup extra lentils and half a sweet potato more, and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
- If you and everyone else in your household like your soups more brothy, feel free to add an extra cup or so of broth (and an extra ⅛ teaspoon of salt at finishing) and let me know so I can live vicariously through you. 😉
Other Healthy Main Dish Meals You Might Like:
- Italian Lentil Soup
- Pumpkin Sausage Soup
- Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Lentil Bowl with Sweet Potatoes and Lemon Tahini Dressing
- Vegan Sweet Potato Hash Brown Burgers
- Authentic Thai Green Curry with Chicken
- Creamy Chimichurri Steak Pasta
- Easy Turkey Meatballs
- Orange Salmon Protein Bowl
- Honey BBQ Crockpot Chicken Sandwiches
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