Spicy Sweet Potato Red Lentil Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Moroccan
 
Using a Moroccan spice blend called ras el hanout gives this soup a flavorful kick to make your tastebuds do a happy dance.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 - 3 stalks celery with leafy bits, chopped
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed, bruised and cut into large pieces (3")
  • 3" piece of ginger, half chopped finely, half left in a large piece
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons ras el hanout
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup red lentils, washed and picked through
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add in sweet potato, onion, celery, parsnips, carrots, lemongrass, ginger and garlic. Saute in oil for about 5 minutes, until celery and onion begin to soften slightly.
  3. Add ras el hanout and stir to coat all the vegetables. Saute an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Add red lentils and vegetable broth. Stir.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Test sweet potato and lentils for doneness.
  6. Pick out large bits of ginger and lemongrass and discard.
  7. Transfer remaining soup in batches to your blender. Blend until smooth.
  8. Return soup to pot and heat through.
  9. Garnish with parsley or cilantro, if desired.
Recipe by These Things I Love at http://thesethingsilove.com/2013/04/spicy-sweet-potato-red-lentil-soup/