Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Chipotle & Coriander
PREP TIME: 15mins
COOKING TIME: 30mins
Soups should not be complicated and I love how a few ingredients can transform a basic soup into something special. The addition of ‘Chipotle in Adobe’ is just that thing, it’s smoked chipotle chillies rehydrated and jarred in a sweet and tangy purée of tomato, vinegar, garlic, and some other spices. Substitute with smoked sweet paprika but if you like spice it will be worth getting your hands on a jar, they are easily available from any good deli or online.
This vegan friendly soup is what I crave when I want to be super healthy but still want to eat something nourishing and decadent.
For a bit of texture, pan-fry a few pieces of sweet potato in a bit of olive oil with toasted ground cumin or coriander and slide them onto the finished soup before serving.
Serve with some gluten-free Millet & Buckwheat bread, toasted if you want to be extra virtuous.
What you'll need:
A hand blender of powerful blender
- 4 tablespoons oil of extra virgin olive oil/coconut oil
- 1 large red onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 10 sprigs of coriander, leaves picked, stems very finely chopped
- 2 large orange sweet potato (700g), peeled and diced
- 2 pieces jarred smoked red peppers (opt)
- 800ml good vegetable stock (heated)
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked sweet Spanish paprika
- 1 teaspoon chipotle in adobe (see note)
- salt & pepper
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan with a lid on a high heat, add the onions, turn down the heat, and cook, covered until the onions are super soft and translucent, stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic, chopped coriander stalks, cumin, paprika, chipotle and two generous pinches of salt, cook & stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Add the sweet potato and swirl around in the pot so the sweet potato is covered with onions and the spices.
- Add the hot stock and turn up the heat until the soup starts to bubble.
- Gently simmer for about 20/25minutes or until the sweet potato is super soft and falling apart.
- Carefully, puree the soup with a hand blender or in a powerful blender taking care not to overfill. (Hot soup will rise because of the steam that is created when blended fast in a power blender). You can decide how chunky or smooth you would like the soup. Adding a little stock if the soup seems too thick.
- Season one final time with salt & pepper and stir through the remaining coriander leaves.
- Serve with sweet potato crisps if you made.
- The soup will thicken as it stands but will thin out once heated again.
If you don’t have adobe chilli’s – just increase the smoked paprika to 1 1/2 teaspoons.