Sweet Potato, Carrot & Red Lentil Soup

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She woke me up and crawled up close to me. Lift my arm and put it around her. She was silent for 10 seconds, completely still, but I could hear her thinking. We were looking at the window and how the sun was shining through the curtains. Then she asked me: “Daddy, explain why you like me so much?”.

Her voice didn’t reflect any doubt. It was more out of curiosity that she asked. Completely unprepared, I pinched myself to wake up and tried to give her the best explanation and love declaration that I could possibly think of.

I told her that she was the kindest little person I knew. That I loved how she always shared a piece of her bread or cookie without hesitation, and how she often made sure that there was something left for me or her mom if we weren’t home. I told her that from the moment she was born she had climbed into our hearts and that she would be there for the rest of our lives, no matter how much we argued about brushing teeth, choosing clothes or watching cartoons. I told her that I couldn’t not like her, even if I tried. I hugged her closely.

I was quiet, curious to hear her reaction, if she was satisfied with my response. I could hear her thinking again.

“Daddy, I think my favorite color is pink!” She crawled out from my arms, jumped up from the bed and ran out of the room screaming: “Good morning horses, heeeeeere I come!”.

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Later that day we all made soup. The kind that is thick, sweet, comforting and perfect for chilly days. It was filled with sweet potato, carrots and red lentils and had the brightest orange yellow color. Even though it was delicious on its own, Luise created a tasty aubergine and kale topping that gave the soup an extra dimension. You should give this soup a try on a cold day. It’s a love declaration to winter that will warm your hearts.

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Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Soup with Aubergine & Kale Topping
Serves 4

1 tbsp ghee, coconut oil or olive oil
1 large onion
2 sweet potatoes
4 carrots
4 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup / 250 ml uncooked red lentils
4 cups / 1 liter water
sea salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

Aubergine & Kale Topping

1 tbsp ghee, coconut oil or olive oil
1 aubergine/eggplant
4-5 stems fresh kale or thawed frozen
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cumin
sea salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste

Heat oil in a pot. Add onions and sauté until fragrant. Add sweet potatoes, carrots and thyme and cook for a minute or so, while stirring. Now add rinsed lentils, water, sea salt and pepper, cover and let simmer for 20-25 minutes until the vegetables and lentils are soft.

Meanwhile make the topping. Heat oil in a large skillet, add aubergine/eggplant and kale and all the spices. Sauté for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the aubergine/eggplant are completely soft.

Use an immersion (hand) blender to puree the soup. Taste and adjust the flavors. Serve the soup in bowls with a couple of spoonfuls topping, a good drizzle of olive oil and a few leaves of fresh thyme.

83 Comments

  • Mmmmmm, I just made this and it was amazing! I also added a tablespoon of coconut milk to my bowl and it was so delicious!
  • Lynette
    what a beautiful and touching post for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing this, so authentically, with all of us. Grateful to you and your family for sharing so many wonderful healthy delicious inspiring vegetarian meals with us :-) Happy Thanksgiving.
  • I just happened to have all of the ingredients to make this delicious soup today! Made the soup as written, then just braised some kale with tumeric, garlic powder, cinnamon and a touch of cider vinegar to top it with. Wonderful cozy meal! :)
  • Ariela Rose
    Lovely. Thank you for sharing your heart, and a soul satisfying soup.
  • Just gorgeous :) what a darling family you are. Thank you for the soup inspiration! It's Summer in Aus but I will absolutely be making a similar lentil soup soon. Heidi xo
  • I love this post! The soups looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!
  • This story could very well have happened in our house, as our three and a half year old daughter is sooo in love with her dad (and vice versa). I can almost hear them having the exact same conversation (to the very pink end :-) Thanks for sharing! Also the recipe. I LOVE all kind of red lentil soups, this one here will be the next to try.
  • This might be one of the most beautiful posts present on your blog! What I love the most about you guys is the care you put in preparing food for your daughter. I keep seeing countless parents around me who feed their kids whatever they can find - which includes, of course, foods straight out of frozen bags (and I'm not even talking about veggies). Most of these kids only eat pizza, some cold cuts and very little else. Needless to say, they lack energy and look pale and small for their age. I am sure your blog inspires many parents to cook better food for their kids. I firmly believe that nourishing your kids properly is the best thing you can do for them when they're small, and, of course, an amazing way to show them love. Thank you for everything!
  • Love this! I have been making this (almost) exact soup for year! I've never added the thyme but will do,love your blog!
  • Mariana
    I looooove the story of your little girl and you, and your love conversation. Really. I follow your blog and since I am from Argentina, I bought your book when I went to the US. Congrats on your inspiring journey! Best, Mariana
  • This is beautiful, the amazing sweet adorable little story.. and of course the soup. I just love you three!
  • I adore carrot soup, but had never thought to add lentils and sweet potato - sounds like a heavenly combination
  • What a beautifully written post. I had tears in my eyes… And this soup? Eye candy.
  • Jen
    Just made this as part of Thanksgiving Dinner for tonight. It is absolutely delicious! Love it. Thanks for the inspiration!
  • Merci ! I love your book and your posts.
  • Looks delicious! Beautiful colors and gorgeous pictures! Congratulations!
  • Amazing blog and beautiful photos. Congratulations! This sweet potato soup looks very delicious. I will definitely make it. Greetings from Slovenia.
  • Monika
    Thank you so much for these warm words! After reading it I hugged my little babyboy and thought the same... By the way the recipe sounds yum-yum. :-)
  • Yum yum, you can't beat a nice soup in the cold weather :)

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