I was looking through some sweet potato soup recipes and as none of them were particularly to my liking, I made a bit of a Frankenstein concoction by taking from here and adding it to some of there and I was quite happy with what I came up with! The peanut butter might seem like an odd addition to some of you, but it gives a wonderfully nutty, sweet base to the soup and makes it very unique indeed! This soup could be adapted for vegans very easily by using olive oil instead of butter and coconut milk instead of the cream. In fact, had I had some coconut butter on hand, I probably would have used that anyway, but the cream worked out lovely!
Best Ever Sweet Potato Soup
2 ½ cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1 large yellow onion
3 tablespoons butter
2 tblspoons curry
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 whole fresh tomatoes
½ cup natural peanut butter
1 litre vegetable broth (or more to liking)
1 tblspoon brown sugar
salt to taste
1. Dice your onions in a food processor or very fine by hand.
2. Melt the butter in a large soup pot and add the onions. Saute on medium until glassy, stirring occasionally.
3. Sprinkle spices evenly over onions and allow them to saute and become aromatic for just a few minutes, stirring frequently.
4. Add tomatoes, peanut butter, brown sugar and vegetable broth, using a whisk to blend the peanut butter until smooth.
5. Add the cooked, mashed sweet potatoes, and once again use a whisk to blend the ingredients as well as possible.
6. Cook on medium low for ½ hour, stirring occasionally.
7. Blend the soup to completely smooth by either using a submersion blender or carefully putting the liquid into a blender in batches and being very careful not to burn yourself.
8. At the finish, add the cream and stir well. At this point I like to taste the soup and check its consistency- if it needs salt I add it, and if it is too thick I add a little more broth and heat on medium low for another ten minutes.
This soup with its high protein content would make a fabulous meal with some naan or a slice of your favorite crusty french bread. Enjoy!
-Nicole Marsh-Mueller loves to cook locally and organically for her family and blogs at The Armchair Housewife
photo credit: Nicole Marsh-Mueller