Lentils, Sweet Potato and Pancetta Soup

Lentil, sweet potato and pancetta soup

19.05.2012

One of the healthiest foods around, lentils are low in fat and very versatile – perfect for salads, soups and sides.

This soup is super yummy and healthy too. Packed with veggies, this hearty lentil soups wins for taste and budget.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 750ml chicken stock, bought or homemade
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 50g pancetta, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 400g lentils, can or dried
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 250g broccoli, cut into small florets
  • Chopped fresh continental parsley, to serve

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion, celery, pancetta and garlic, stirring for 6 minutes or until soft. Add the sweet potato. Cook for 1 minute, stirring, for 1 minute or until combined.

Add the stock mixture, lentils and tomato. Increase heat to medium-high and bring it to the boil. Reduce heat to medium low.

Simmer, partially covered, for 15-20 minutes or until sweet potato is tender. Add broccoli. Simmer for 3-4 minutes or until broccoli is tender crisp.

Divide the soup among serving bowls and top with parsley.


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