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Spiced Sweet Potato Chowder

At my house, we're all crazy for chowder. This meatless version is loaded with root veggies and spices—cinnamon, cardamom and allspice—that really say fall. —Mary Anne Thygesen, Portland, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings (3-1/2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 1 pound medium sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium fresh beets, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) vegetable broth
  • 2 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups coconut milk

Directions

  • In a 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until vegetables and lentils are tender. Stir in coconut milk.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 329 calories, 10g fat (9g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 771mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 15g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • Michael
    Jan 20, 2021

    This is not the greatest soup on Planet Earth. Another reviewer said it was "inedible" and likened it to cat barf -- which is an overstatement! I think vegan food (and soups) are generally pretty boring and this was not much different, but I'm a meateater. I liked the broth with coconut milk and spices, but it seems like this was once a beef stew recipe that was modified to be vegan. I probably won't make this again, but here would be my suggestions to make it better: -Get rid of the second potato. My 6-qt slow cooker was filled to the brim and the vegetables didn't mix well. One potato is more than enough. -Get rid of the lentils. They felt like a meat substitution and looked out of place among the blocks of carrots, beets and potatoes.. Speaking of meat, I would use stew meat in it's place. I bet this recipe exists as a beef stew. -Cubing the potato and beet made the stew look too homogenous, like prison food. -Definitely cook this longer (if on low heat) or try heat heat for less time. I added an extra hour because the potatoes and beets were still too firm. I guess this isn't a big endorsement for the recipe, but to have only one rating of one star seems sad.

  • Barbara
    Feb 21, 2020

    The worst recipe I've ever made. I actually had to throw it away because it was inedible, and I normally can eat just about anything. The lentils (I used red) cooked down into a congealed mass, and the beets (which oozed red halos around each piece) were completely out of place in this combination of ingredients. The spices were reminiscent of corned beef flavoring, which I like in corned beef but not in a vegetable stew. The whole thing looked like a terrible mess the cat left on the living room rug. It just went down the sink. I signed up for Taste of Home just to warn people away from this recipe.