Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup delivers delicious Thai-inspired comfort and warmth in a hurry in a light yet satisfying soup!
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’ve had a long day and need some comfort and warmth in a hurry. This soup has a complex Thai-inspired flavor but comes together quickly with red curry paste.
Best red curry paste to use:
I no longer bother making my own red curry paste after discovering the Maesri line of curry pastes at a local international market. These pastes have plenty of punch, are made from real ingredients and flavorwise, beat grocery store brands hands down. Their Thai green curry paste is also fabulous!
What to know about red lentils:
- Red lentils cook much faster than brown or green lentil and at approximately the same rate as the sweet potatoes.
- It’s always a good idea to look lentils over for stones, sticks and odd-looking bits. Do this on a white paper plate so you can then easily add them to whatever you’re cooking.
How to make Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup:
- Gather and prep the ingredients. You may already have much of this on hand:
- Coconut oil (or canola oil)
- Red curry paste
- Red lentils
- Sweet potatoes
- Vegetable broth
- Canned petite diced tomatoes
- Coconut milk
- Lime juice (optional)
- Salt and black pepper
- Melt the coconut oil or heat the canola oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the onions, reduce the heat and cook until they’ve softened up.
- Add the garlic and the red curry paste and give it a quick stir.
- Then add the broth, sweet potatoes, lentils and tomatoes.
- Bring that up to a boil, then simmer until the red lentils and sweet potatoes are tender. Red lentils get super-soft but that’s what you want!
- Stir in the coconut milk and heat it through.
- Add cilantro and lime juice if using…
- Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
Serve garnished with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges.
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!
More great vegetarian and vegan soups you’ll love!
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- 2 tablespoons canola or coconut 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 (½-inch cubes)
- 1 can (15-ounce) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 ½ cups red lentils, picked over
- 1 can (14.5-ounce) unsweetened coconut milk, light or regular
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish if desired
- 1-2 tablespoons lime juice (optional)
- 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. (Will be thick.)
- Add the coconut milk and heat through.
- Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir in cilantro and lime juice if using.
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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 498Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 630mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 41g
The nutritional information above is computer-generated and only an estimate. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.