More lentil joy with an easy Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup!
Hope you all had a good first week of 2016!
After being off for the holidays, I couldn’t seem to get back into my cooking groove. In the personal chef business, you have to learn to juggle and think about five things at once. For example, while one dish is cooling, you’re baking off something else, something’s going in the pressure cooker, other items are cooking on the stovetop, you’re washing used equipment and you’re prepping and planning how your next steps will be executed.
Some days it flows, and some days not so much…. But hot diggity, I turned out some great food this week for my clients!
You know it as well as I do–after a full day, dinner needs to have minimal steps. My Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup is perfect when you come home from a long day and you need some comfort and warmth in a hurry. This soup has complex Thai-inspired flavor but comes together quickly with red curry paste. Red lentils cook much faster than brown or green and at about the same rate as the sweet potatoes.
I no longer bother making my own red curry paste after discovering the Maesri line of curry pastes at a local international market. (Not an affiliate link or sponsored post, I simply love the product.) These pastes have plenty of punch, are made from real ingredients and flavorwise, beat grocery store brands hands down.
Gonna say it again–it’s a good idea to look lentils over for stones, sticks and odd-looking bits. Keeps teeth intact!
This soup freezes great so make a double batch and freeze in small portions for delicious Thai comfort all winter long!
Enjoy and let’s eat!
Delicious Thai-inspired comfort and warmth in a hurry!
20 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
50 minTotal Time
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons red curry paste (or to taste)
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (1/2-inch cubes)
1 can (15-ounce) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cups red lentils, picked over
1 can (14.5-ounce) coconut milk, light or regular
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro plus more for garnish if desired
Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large heavy pot such as a Dutch oven. Add the onion, reduce heat to medium and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until onion begins to soften.
Add the garlic and red curry paste, give it a quick stir, then add the broth, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and lentils. Bring to a boil, cover slightly and simmer until potatoes and lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.
Add the coconut milk and heat through.
Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir in cilantro.
MAKE AHEAD: Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Cool thoroughly. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave for individual servings. FREEZER-FRIENDLY: Cool thoroughly and package as desired. Freeze up to 2 months.