As you can see from the pictures I like to add all of the extras to my soup (that may say something about my nature, but I am not sure what). While I think that they are fun & delicious they are also totally optional. Be creative with what you have in your fridge & pantry, you may find some sensational soup toppers of your own…maybe your favorite hot sauce or salsa, or maybe some double smoked organic bacon? Mmmm bacon, I am going to try that one next time.
As far as the base soup goes it is very flexible and very forgiving. Last night I used: a harissa paste instead of the cumin & chilies with great success. In the past I have used: leftover mashed sweet potato; frozen sweet potato puree; tomato paste; and in a pinch even substituted the sweet potato for carrots and squash. To my amazement, it is delicious every time. I hope you have the same culinary successes with this recipe that I have had.
(total time under 30 minutes; serves 4-6 with rice or quinoa)
- 15 m (1 tbsp) olive or coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, chopped or the equivilent dried granulated garlic
- 2ml (1/2 tsp) ground cumin
- 1-2ml (1/4-1/2 tsp) crushed chilies, to taste
- I L (4c) chicken or vegetable stock
- 750g-1 kg (11/2 to 2 lbs ) sweet potatoes peeled & chunked
- 1 tomato chopped (fresh, frozen or canned)
- 125ml(1/2 cup) peanut butter
- 25 ml (2 tbsp) peeled grated fresh ginger
- 30ml (2tbsp) lime juice, equivalent to 1 lime
- 30ml (2 tbsp)chopped fresh cilantro or 5ml (1tsp) dried coriander (optional)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Diced tomato
- Lime zest & Greek yogurt (1/2 cup Greek yogurt mixed with 10ml (2tsp) lime zest, equivalent to 1 lime)
- Roasted salted peanuts
- Sweat the onions & galic in the oil over medium heat until softened.
- Add all of the dry spices, stir and cook until they are very fragrant.
- Add the potatoes, stock and tomato. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are very tender.
- Puree soup with a hand-held blender (or in batches in a blender or food processor) or just mash it up with a potato masher.
- Over a low heat, whisk in the peanut butter and grated ginger into the soup.
- Add the lime juice, salt & pepper and cilantro. Adjust seasonings as necessary.
Serve on top of rice or quinoa with the toppers of your choice. Delish.