Lentil and Kumara Soup

    1 hour 5 minutes

    This hearty soup has onion, leek, celery, kumara, carrots, capsicum, lentils, bacon, garlic, chilli flakes, curry powder, paprika and bay, all simmered to amazing.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 180g lardons or pancetta
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes, to taste
    • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder, to taste
    • 2 teaspoons paprika, to taste
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground sea salt
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1 small leek, diced
    • 2 sticks of celery, diced
    • 1 medium kumara, peeled and diced
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 1 capsicum, roasted
    • 190g red lentils
    • 900ml vegetable stock
    • 2 bay leaves
    • freshly ground black pepper

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Put olive oil in a deep frying pan and allow to heat up gently then add the lardons or pancetta and fry for a few minutes before adding the garlic, chilli flakes, curry powder and paprika to frying pan followed by onions, leek, celery, sweet potato, carrots and roasted capsicum. Stir gently to coat all contents in spices. Sauté for around 10 minutes or until they start to soften.
    2. Place lentils and stock in a large saucepan and add sautéed contents from frying pan. Stir up and add the bay leaves and sea salt. Place lid on saucepan and leave to boil. Once boiled, turn down to a gentle heat and allow to simmer for 35 to 40 minutes.
    3. Once cooked through, blend mixture till smooth. Reheat if necessary and add ground black pepper. Serve with warm crusty bread and butter then enjoy.

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    Absolutely superb. I am a vegetarian so I omitted the lardons and my non vegetarian friends did not miss the lack of meat content. They thought it was the best they had ever tasted. I made twice the amount and froze some for later.  -  13 Sep 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    This is a fantastic soup. Didn't have any lardons so used bacon. It was a very thick consistency which I loved, but you could easily add another half a pint or so of stock and it would feed six.  -  07 Nov 2014  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)