As we head into fall, sweet potatoes and soups go on the menu at our house. I love soups because they are generally quite simple to make. This sweet potato soup requires only 10 minutes of work and 20 minutes of waiting – simple indeed! But the flavor belies its ease. The soup is rich with sweet potato flavor and balanced by hints of coconut and spicy ginger. Your kitchen will smell wonderful!
Coconut Ginger Sweet Potato Soup
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 2 pieces of fresh ginger root (about 1x3in. each)
- 1 onion
- 2 T coconut oil
- 4 cups chicken stock/broth
- 1 can coconut milk
Dice the sweet potatoes into ½in. pieces. Mince the fresh ginger root (or grate it, if you prefer). Dice the onion. Add all of this to a soup pot along with the coconut oil. Over medium high heat, stir occasionally while the vegetables begin to cook and soften. The aroma is just lovely!!
Once the onions turn translucent, add the chicken stock and turn the heat to high to bring to a boil. Skim off any foam. Partially cover the soup pot with a lid and turn the heat to medium-low, allowing the soup to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft. At this point, some of the liquid should have evaporated out, and that’s just what you want.
Using an immersion blender, puree the soup. I prefer to only puree the soup partly, leaving some chunks for a bit of a chunky texture – but that’s really up to you. If you want a completely smooth soup, by all means, have at it! When you are done pureeing the soup, add the coconut milk and stir to thoroughly incorporate it.
Serve the soup topped with fresh cilantro, basil or Thai basil – Any of those herbs complement the flavors of the soup nicely. If you like spice, try adding red curry paste to the soup, beginning with 1 tsp and slowly adding to your desired level of flavor and spice. (That’s what my hubby did!)
Christy Greer is a wife and mom of four who loves good food and loves to cook. Christy blogs at Whole Foods on a Budget, where she shares favorite recipes, tips on buying quality food on a small budget, information on gardening in small spaces and ideas for natural living, with an emphasis on encouraging her readers to do what they can to make small steps toward healthier living. Christy and her sister Jessica are releasing their first cookbook this summer. You can find Christy on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.