soup #1 – sweet potato & kale


Crouton, crouton! Crunchy friend in a liquid broth

This is what we sing when making soup

On the first day of our challenge not to eat processed foods, we decided soup was in order. It would have to be cheap, filling (no bread allowed!) and incorporate kale, since we had some at home. This is what we came up with. It was a damn fine bowl of soup, hearty and deliciously warm and filling for winter. I think the spices and haricot beans really pulled the whole thing together.

Makes 4 generous servings

Approximate total cost: £1.92


  • 1 onion
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 sweet potato or small squash
  • 300ml red (split) lentils
  • 1 can haricot beans, drained
  • a few handfuls kale
  • 1.5 L vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp each cumin, cayenne pepper and paprika
  • salt & pepper


  1. Heat a tablespoon vegetable oil in a large saucepan
  2. Add onion, celery, carrot and spices and cook until translucent
  3. Add potato/squash, lentils and the stock
  4. Cook for about 20 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender
  5. Add haricot beans and kale and cook for another 5 minutes
  6. Season with salt and pepper

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