Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup


Here’s a healthy, hearty vegetarian soup that’s so delicious no one will even miss the meat! This Moroccan Sweet Potato Lentil Soup is packed with nutritious ingredients and it’s sure to leave you craving more! The lentils in it add protein and fiber which make it more filling while the sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin a – plus they add a delicious, light natural sweetness that blends perfectly with the moroccan spices used in this soup.

Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup | Cooking Classy

Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup | Cooking Classy

This is a great recipe to use all those sweet potatoes that are in season right now. It might not be the first thing you’d think to make with the sweet potatoes you just bought at the store, well that is until you try it. Once you taste it it will be a go to recipe to use up those sweet potatoes sitting in your pantry! My family loved this soup and it’s a recipe I’ll want to make again and again during the cold months ahead. Plus, I love that I always have most of ingredients for this soup on hand. It’s a convenient meal to make any day of the week. Make it tonight and see for yourself just how delicious it is!
Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup | Cooking Classy Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup | Cooking Classy


Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

4.84 from 18 votes

Yield: About 4 servings


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 large carrot , diced (1/2 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 2 tsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups vegetable broth , then more if desired
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 large (16 oz) sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes (3 cups)
  • 1 cup brown lentils , picked over and rinsed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot and saute 4 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and saute 1 minute longer. Add remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika and cinnamon. Saute 1 minute. Stir in vegetable broth, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and lentils. Season with salt to taste. Bring to a light boil then reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally until sweet potatoes are soft and lentils are tender, about 25 - 30 minutes. Thin with up to 1 more cup of broth if desired. Stir in half of the cilantro then serve with remaining cilantro.
  2. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup | Cooking Classy


  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: I can’t wait to make this for my next meatless weeknight meal! Looks fab October 9, 2016 at 9:43am Reply

  • Paige: Yum! We have lots of lentils at home that we need to use up! This looks delicious!

    Paige October 9, 2016 at 6:27pm Reply

  • Judy Sutton: the Moroccan soup sounds good. October 9, 2016 at 6:29pm Reply

  • Annie @ Annie’s Cooking Lab: Sounds delicious! It’s finally cooling off here and I want to eat nothing but soup. Can’t wait to try this! October 10, 2016 at 12:28pm Reply

  • Risa: I just made this! Waiting for it to cool, but I sneaked a taste and it was great! Very easy to put together. I added more ginger and spices because I like more heat, as well as a few sprigs of rosemary that I needed to use up. Great recipe! October 10, 2016 at 3:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Risa! Thanks for your comment! October 10, 2016 at 3:46pm Reply

  • Erin Lawrence: I’m without a kitchen for the foreseeable future. Would this recipe adapt well to a crockpot? October 10, 2016 at 6:16pm Reply

  • Nicole Crawford: This soup is really great. I make it every Sunday and eat it for lunch during the week. I love it. It works really well in the crock pot also. October 11, 2016 at 11:51am Reply

    • VJ: Awesome! I was thinking to do it in crockpot. How did you make it? Just put everything in? October 25, 2016 at 1:48am Reply

  • Edwina | Induction Cooking: This looks absolutely delicious. I’m going to buy some sweet potatoes and fresh cilantro today and make it. Do you think it would freeze? I would love to have some of it in the freezer ready to heat when I don’t have time to cook. October 12, 2016 at 6:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: My guess is that it would but I haven’t tried so I can’t say for sure. October 13, 2016 at 10:58am Reply

  • Neal: Anyone tried upping the protein content on this dish? October 13, 2016 at 12:53pm Reply

    • jen: chickpeas or green peas March 1, 2018 at 6:52pm Reply

  • Janice: Aside from the food, your photos are great too. October 26, 2016 at 2:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s sweet of you to say – Thanks Janice! October 26, 2016 at 1:43pm Reply

  • Jessica: Looks amazing. Do you think red lentils would work in place of the brown ones? October 31, 2016 at 9:08am Reply

  • Linda: I made this soup today and it was great!!!!!! November 30, 2016 at 7:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear you liked it Linda! Thanks for your comment! November 30, 2016 at 7:34pm Reply

  • Estefany: I made this soup today and it was delicious!! I added a bit more ginger and garlic because I love strong flavors. Can’t wait to have it for lunch tomorrow! I will definitely be making this one again :) February 5, 2017 at 7:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Estefany! Thanks for your review! February 6, 2017 at 11:25am Reply

    • Maggie: Didn’t the sweet potatoes get too soft? Lentils take longer to cook. July 5, 2017 at 2:37am Reply

  • Lorns: Excellent … quickly became family favourite! March 5, 2017 at 12:36pm Reply

  • Cindy: If I wanted to hold this soup in a restaurant steamer, should I keep the lentils separate and add to bowl when serving? June 8, 2017 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Beverly M.: This soup was so GOOD!!! I will be making this again! July 1, 2017 at 7:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! July 11, 2017 at 2:06pm Reply

  • Corinna: Just made this dish!!! So delicious! I was nervous but it looked to good to pass up. Thank you! July 13, 2017 at 4:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Im so glad you loved it Corinna! July 26, 2017 at 2:55pm Reply

  • Jimmy: Just made it. Delicious! July 29, 2017 at 8:20am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you loved it Jimmy! August 11, 2017 at 12:21pm Reply

  • Delina: Out of everything I could have for dinner on my birthday, I made this. (Even over going out to dinner.) I’ve made a lot of lentil soups and none of them are as good as this one! I like sweet potatoes, but was a little leery of having them in soup. I love the bend of spices. It was just perfect! I didn’t have any fresh ginger so I had to use the dried, but it was still fabulous. This is officially my favorite lentil soup! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. August 10, 2017 at 10:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Happy Birthday!! So glad you enjoyed it Delina! August 11, 2017 at 11:57am Reply

  • Debra E: I made this yummy soup for the family a few months back in the slow cooker and it was excellent!! I just used the ingredients and threw them in.
    I’m making it again today but doing one and a half of the recipe. (So 9 cups of broth.) It filled up the 6 qt. slow cooker to the top.

    Going to wait on the cilantro until the end. Will give it 3 hours on high and check the tenderness of the yams and carrots. I sort of just wing it. But it turned out so good last time that I’m feeling confident to try it again. We didn’t have veggie broth so we used chicken broth and chicken bone broth. August 12, 2017 at 4:59pm Reply

  • Cindy: I love a good lentil soup for dinner, even when the weather is warm. This look delicious. Can’t wait to try it. August 13, 2017 at 6:16am Reply

  • Leanne Morris: I’m sick with a virus and was in need of a delicious soup. I’m making this to enjoy with some crusty bread. My kitchen smells amazing. Thanks. X September 23, 2017 at 8:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hope you get better! September 25, 2017 at 1:22pm Reply

    • Donna Beaton: So funny. Ditto on all counts. (Tho’ hope you’re on the mend by now!) February 19, 2018 at 12:27pm Reply

  • Gail Foorman: I am doing an experiment with this recipe: I made the veggie stock in the crockpot. Then I fished out and stained the solids. I sautéed the onion, garlic and ginger, and put it in the crockpot with the stock. I used red rather than brown lentils. I then added all of the other ingredients except the cilantro. In addition, I threw in a can of garbanzo beans. I am going to cook it in the crockpot on high for 3 hours. Then I plan to pressure can it. Will let you know in a later post how it comes out. October 18, 2017 at 3:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great! Can’t wait to hear! October 20, 2017 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Sanya: I made this soup tonight and it was delicious! I didn’t add paprika, tomatoes, or cilantro and it was still excellent. The combination of spices filled my home with a beautiful aroma and the soup tasted as good as it smelled. Since I am the only one who eats soup regularly in my home, I will have enough to last me awhile. I’ve bookmarked this recipe for future use. Thank you for sharing this gem of a recipe.

    So delicious! October 29, 2017 at 4:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you like this recipe Sanya! Thanks for your review! October 29, 2017 at 9:25pm Reply

  • Laura: It was so good. My husband and I really enjoyed it. It has very unique flavors getting us away from the everyday stuff. Will make this many times over. October 30, 2017 at 7:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I was just thinking I need to make this again this week. Glad you love it as well! October 31, 2017 at 2:23pm Reply

  • Vicky: Made this tonight. All the warm spices in this dish were wonderful. The house smelled amazing! The cinnamon was a bit overpowering. Will def make again but cut back the amount of cinnamon. Maybe a spoonful of yogurt stirred into individual servings may be a nice addition also. November 8, 2017 at 8:17pm Reply

  • Monique Cohen: Made this for dinner tonight and it’s delicious! I sautéed the onion and carrots and added spices, then put all the ingredients in a crock pot. Will definitely make this recipe again. Thanks! November 10, 2017 at 8:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Thanks for the review! November 13, 2017 at 2:36pm Reply

  • Vivian: Literally my most favorite soup I’ve ever made! Thanks so much! Looking forward to my lunch or the next few days. November 14, 2017 at 6:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Vivian!! Thanks so much for your comment! November 14, 2017 at 10:56pm Reply

  • Janice: Could you make in instant pot? Any thoughts November 17, 2017 at 5:24pm Reply

  • Yvonne: Made this last night with red lentils (all I had in). Absolutely 100% will make it again, wholesome, full of flavour and filling. I served mine with flatbread. November 18, 2017 at 3:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! November 20, 2017 at 3:47pm Reply

  • Laura Elder: Delicious, warming and nutritious! Love that it’s one of those recipes where you can leave it to simmer and then it’s done, no blending required! November 27, 2017 at 7:02am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the review! November 27, 2017 at 2:43pm Reply

  • Janet: Loved this soup I added zucchini and celery but anything works. I used tomatoes from the garden I did add a tiny amount of sugar and it made the spices pop December 4, 2017 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Nancy White: I kept going back for another helping. It was so delicious. Thank you for a recipe I will make again and again… December 9, 2017 at 7:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Happy to hear you enjoyed this Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup Nancy! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! December 9, 2017 at 11:40pm Reply

  • Vicky Moon: I made it using some leftover cooked sweet potatoes and a can of “no salt” lentil soup I bought at Whole Foods as I cannot have salt. Delicious! December 28, 2017 at 12:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Vicky! January 2, 2018 at 4:37pm Reply

  • Catherine: Can I make this soup without the garlic and ginger. Allergic to garlic and dislike ginger. But this soup sounds great. December 31, 2017 at 5:06pm Reply

  • Catherine: Can I omit garlic and ginger due to allergy? Soup sounds wonderful and would love to make it. January 1, 2018 at 7:35am Reply

  • Christina: just made this last night, holy smokes it’s amazing!! I did add celery and a tsp of red curry, topped with fresh kale in addition to the cilantro. My husband couldn’t stop eating it, perfect for a cold night in Colorado! Will add to rotation and continue to make :) January 3, 2018 at 12:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it Christina! January 4, 2018 at 1:09pm Reply

  • Catherine: Can I omit the garlic and ginger -due to allergies? Would it alter the flavor of the soup? Would love to make it; sounds delicious. January 5, 2018 at 11:45am Reply

  • hp bernard: This was exceptionally tasty. I followed recipe except I had no tomatos but I didn’t miss them as the aromatic spices were flavorful. I did cut down on spices a bit and used less liquid due to the missing tomatos. We are snowbound for a few days so I have had to use what I had. I made beef soup then black bean and corn soup and tonight morroccan lentil soup which we liked best. We’ll have to brave the elements tomorrow as the cupboards are bare. January 6, 2018 at 6:22pm Reply

  • Peggy: I made this soup today! So yummy! I will make it from time to time for the rest of my life!!!! January 8, 2018 at 12:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Comments like these keep me excited to post! Thanks Peggy! January 8, 2018 at 12:26pm Reply

  • Angela Schepp: Just made this recipe tonight. Delicious!! Thank you for sharing. January 8, 2018 at 10:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Angela – glad you enjoyed it! January 17, 2018 at 11:07am Reply

  • Laura: I made this soup yesterday and doubled it, but didn’t have lentils so I used split peas, which I agree with a previous review that the peas/lentils really need more time than 20-30 minutes. I would definitely give that more time than the sweet potatoes so they don’t become mushy. The aroma while it was cooking was amazing!! unfortunately, the smell was better than the actual taste – not much flavor, so I added more salt, and kept adding more of everything, but it still was missing that flavor. I was so excited to eat it, but, again, the aroma was much better than the actual soup. if you can give me some suggestions without adding more salt, that would be great so I can try it again. January 21, 2018 at 12:16pm Reply

  • Lolli: This was the easiest soup to make and the most aromatic while simmering and the most delicious I have ever eaten. It’s rich in color and flavor and perfect on a cold winter night. Love it. ! January 25, 2018 at 7:55pm Reply

  • Cinnamon Zone: I love the flavors of the vegetables and the spices which blend together so well, the colors are so warm and pleasing to the eyes, the aroma and the texture of the vegetables, fresh cilantro and lentils definitely make this soup one that everyone will look forward to eating at my home. February 7, 2018 at 10:03pm Reply

  • Donna: This is terrific! I was so eager to eat it because of the smell, I forgot to put the cilantro in it. This is definitely going to be consumed regularly at my home! February 26, 2018 at 6:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear it! February 27, 2018 at 1:06pm Reply

  • J J: Need nutritional values – serving size, calories, carbohydrates, fat March 3, 2018 at 4:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I use for nutritional info and it works great! You can import any of my recipes over, quick and easy! March 6, 2018 at 5:52pm Reply

  • J J: Very good. March 3, 2018 at 4:20pm Reply

  • Debra: It was delicious and very filling. I did freeze some and it was still delicious after thawing and reheating.

    I do not enjoy chopping up vegetables but I would do it again—doing it again today. I bought a Sharper Image Chopper so I hope it works well. Thanks for such a delicious recipe. I tried to rate it a 5 but it just would not take. March 10, 2018 at 8:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Debra! So glad you liked it! March 12, 2018 at 10:23am Reply

  • emily: i just made this! I accidentally doubled the tomatoes, and i didnt have veggie broth so i just used water and extra spices, and it still turned out really really good! my new favourite soup March 15, 2018 at 2:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it! March 15, 2018 at 9:53pm Reply

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