Spicy sweet potato soup with peanuts

spicy sweet potato soup with peanuts

I case I have never said it before, I love sweet potatoes. Like, LOVE them. They are sweet enough to work as fruit-in-disguise-of-a-vegetable (perfect for desserts), are deliciously creamy when baked in the oven but they still work great in savoury dishes like curries and soups. This soup here is one of my favourites for the first colder autumn days, it’s spicy enough to really warm you from the inside but not as heavy as many winter stews. The flavour of the sweet potatoes blends perfectly with the peanuts and gives this soup a very nice rich, creamy taste. It is also a perfect base to experiment with different flavour combinations, so go ahead and experiment with various spices (how about some garam masala?) to make this soup just a little more perfect for you – have a go at it!

You need:

  • 1 big sweet potato (about 350 g)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small carrot
  • 500 ml water
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato passata
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 pinch of ground coriander
  • 1 pinch of cumin
  • salt (to taste)
  • vegetable oil

Peel the onion and garlic clove and chop finely. Heat some vegetable oil in a pot and gently roast the garlic and onions for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, peel the sweet potato and carrot and cut into bit-sized cubes. Add the sweet potato, spices and finely chopped jalapeño pepper and roast for a few minutes, then deglaze with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Take the pot from the stove and blend the soup until creamy. Return the pot to the stove and stir in peanut butter and peanuts. Simmer for another couple of minutes and season to taste with salt and spices.

Note: This recipe serves two people, but you can also easily reheat the soup the other day if you make it all for yourself – in fact, I think it even tastes better then. 😉

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