Monday, February 07, 2011

Curried Sweet Potato Soup & 4 More Sweet Potato Recipes


I think I could eat soup three times a day. What's not to love about a one pot meal of goodness? I created this soup for Northeast Flavor Magazine's website and wanted to share it with you guys as well. It's a spicy, sweet, creamy and packed with protein from white beans. If you are watching your calories/fat then you use 1 tsp of coconut oil and light coconut milk instead of the full fat.

A tip about lite coconut milk: Buy a can of the full fat stuff, add it to a blender with a can full of water, broth or unflavored soymilk and blend. This way you get twice as much for the money. If I won't be using the extra milk within a day or two I freeze it for future use.

My local Market Basket sells 3 lbs of sweet potatoes for $1.99 which usually gives me around 5 medium sized potatoes.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

  • 2 T coconut oil
  • ¼ t cayenne (optional) 
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • ½ t ground coriander
  • ¼ t cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 2 T curry powder
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 8 cloves pressed garlic
  • 2 T freshly grated ginger
  • Healthy pinch of salt
  • 2  T balsamic vinegar
  • 4 c peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
  • 1 c drained cannelini beans
  • 2.5 c vegetable broth 
  • 15 oz can coconut milk 
  • 1-3 T Siracha Chili Garlic Sauce
  • Juice of 1-2 limes (around 3 T)
  • ½ c cilantro, chopped 
  • Salt and pepper to taste (between ½-1 t salt depending on how salty your broth is)
  • Garnish with sour cream or yogurt and more siracha if desired

Method:

  1. Heat a heavy bottomed soup pot to medium, add oil and spices. Toast for 15 seconds
  2. Add the onion, garlic and ginger along with a pinch of salt. Sauté for 10 minutes. 
  3. Deglaze with balsamic vinegar and add the potatoes, beans, coconut milk and broth. Cover and bring to a strong simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are done
  4. Stir in Siracha and lime juice; Puree with an immersion blender or in 2 batches in a regular blender taking care to remove the plastic top piece and cover with a towel to avoid burning yourself
  5. Stir in cilantro, season with salt and pepper to taste
  6. Serves 4 ( 2 cup servings )

Here are some links to some more Sweet Potato recipes:
What's your favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes?

17 comments:

  1. I have never been a huge fan of sweet sweet potatoes. I prefer mine savory, maybe just roasted in the oven with salt, pepper, oregano and garlic. I've also been known to bake a sweet potato and eat it with ketchup. Even though that is probably gross :)

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  2. 1) The recipes looks great! (love Sriacha)

    2) Your photos are stunning!

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  3. I just love sweet potatoes! Such a tasty looking soup, and thanks for all those extra sweet potato recipe links. There can never be too many recipes around :)

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  4. My favorite is sweet potato casserole. I just love it with pecans. I think a sweet potato bread with pecans would be so good, too.

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  5. wow this sounds amazing.

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  6. I am with you--I could eat soup for every meal. It is just so good!

    I love simple roasted sweet potatoes...maybe a bit boring, but oh sooooo good!

    Courtney

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  7. This sounds like exactly what I've been craving; A rich, spicy, and nourishing soup. I don't have sweet potatoes, but I do have pumpkin, so I may try that out instead.

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  8. All of your sweet potato recipes look so vibrant.

    Thanks for the coconut mile tip!

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  9. So vibrant and beautiful! Cilantro and sriracha look beautiful against the sweet potato...

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  10. Your tip about the coconut milk is absolutely brilliant! Funnily enough, I went a bit off sweet potatoes after I moved out because my mum used to roast them constantly for dinner, but I think it's about time I reintroduced them into my life :)

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  11. What a great tip about the coconut milk. I always buy the lite, not realizing I'm paying for water. Now I am annoyed at myself.

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  12. I so needed this posting right now. I have a bunch of sweet potatoes in my pantry that I am itching to use. Now the only hard part is deciding which of your recipes to try!

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  13. Looks beautiful! I love that coconut milk tip.

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  14. I LOVE sweet potatoes -- so I'm totally drooling over all these recipes. The match up of sweet potatoes with dahl looks especially fantastic. I love how healthy sweet potatoes are, too!
    I love making healthy fries out of them by roasting them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and perhaps some turmeric or ginger or italian seasoning...so perfect with a meal

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  15. This soup looks fabulous! I love all orange soups; sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot and butternut squash! mmm:) That is so cool that you son is running state this week! Is it for indoor track I'm assuming?! I'd love to hear how he does, I always love hearing runner's times!

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