Sweet Potato, Apple and Red Lentil with Fresh Herbs Fall SoupIt’s fall in Colorado and time for fall soup. We’re experiencing cool nights and warm days while it’s already snowing above 10,000 feet in the Rockies. Plenty of fall fruits and veggies fill the farmer’s markets and grocery store shelves.

Sopa, zuppa, soup! Whatever you call it, is warming and loving. Good soup is a creation of love, whether it comes from leftovers or completely new ingredients because it takes time to layer in the flavors and create the perfect taste.

Sweet Potato, Apple and Red Lentil with Fresh Herbs Fall SoupThis fall soup recipe is inspired by a recipe found on Foodgawker, filled with sweet potatoes, apples and beer. While I didn’t have any beer, I did have an open bottle of dry white wine and plenty of sweet potatoes, apples, pears and fresh fall herbs. And now, you have the results of that inspiration in my soup recipe, Sweet Potato, Apple and Red Lentil with Fresh Herbs Fall Soup.

Hubby loves it. And I love the warming factors of it. It’s warming through all the fresh ginger and turmeric, as well as the red chili pepper flakes. Not to mention, it has plenty of low-fat protein in the addition of the red lentils.

Sweet Potato, Apple and Red Lentil with Fresh Herbs Fall SoupThe addition of cheese, infused olive oil and salty prosciutto lends a beautiful silky fat to soup, almost making you feel guilty that you’re eating it but don’t fear, this soup is quite light and healthy. It’s a great soup for helping lighten up the Thanksgiving meal while still tasting completely sinful.

Loaded with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs and cancer-fighting spices, I also used milk instead of cream to help balance out the fats.  If you want to know more about the yummy health benefits of apples read Helen Nichols from Well-Being Secrets well-written article “34 Science-Baked Health Benefits of Apples.”

And it’s easy to make a vegetarian or vegan version just by using water or veggie stock, adding extra for the milk and putting in some toasted pumpkin seeds for crunch in the place of the prosciutto.

As usual, this fall soup recipe is completely changeable. Just toss in your favorite fresh herbs or veggies. You could use butternut squash, carrots or even tomato. Add more apples or all pears. You can even switch up the cheese for you favorite or use beer instead of wine. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Have fun and make them to your favorite flavors. Just don’t forget to share.

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Sweet Potato, Apple and Red Lentils with Fresh Herbs Fall Soup Yum
A warming fall soup full of sweet potatoes, apples, pear and red lentils topped with English aged white cheddar, parmesan, crispy sage and prosciutto with a swirl of sage and prosciutto flavored olive oil
Sweet Potato, Apple and Red Lentils with Fresh Herbs Fall Soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
10-12 servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
10-12 servings
Ingredients
Sweet Potato, Apple and Red Lentils with Fresh Herbs Fall Soup
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add leeks and cook until soft, before adding minced garlic. Cook garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Toss in diced sweet potato, apple and pear. Followed by the cup of white wine. Simmer to reduce wine by half.
  3. Add in all spices, fresh ginger, 2 teaspoons of thyme and 1 teaspoon of sage.
  4. Toss in the lentils and pour in the water/stock.
  5. Stir well, bring soup to a boil and the reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes or until veggies/fruit are soup.
  6. Puree soup using a stick blender or pour into a blender/food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Return to pot and continue to reduce to desired thickness.
  8. While soup is reducing: Add 2 tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add sage leaves and fry until crisp, followed by prosciutto. Again, cooking until crispy. Watch oil, reducing heat as necessary to get sage leaves and prosciutto crispy without burning the oil. Save the infused oil.
  9. Add milk to the soup and continue to reduce.
  10. Once soup has reached desired thickness, add cheese, stirring well to mix in.
  11. Heat through and remove soup from heat.
  12. Serve immediately or at room temp.
  13. Top soup with more aged white cheddar and crispy prosciutto and sage leaves. Drizzle with the infused olive oil from frying the sage and prosciutto. Also great with crusty bread.
  14. Freeze soup for to three months for later use.
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Curried Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Chickpeas from Cozy Eats

Roasted Yellow Pepper Soup from Oh My Dish

Spicy Chicken, Tomato and Coconut Soup from Almond to Zest

Spiced Red Lentil and Carrot Soup from Moon And Spoon and Yum

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup from the Movement Menu

Curried Carrot and Coconut Soup from For the Love of Cooking

2 thoughts on “Sweet Potato, Apple and Red Lentils with Fresh Herbs Fall Soup”

    1. Hehe, hubby was surprised when I told him they were in the soup since they completely disappear into the other flavors.

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