In case you haven’t heard- a cute little fat bundle of Omeletta baby arrived into the world last Saturday morning! I’m kissing cheeks and changing diapers and falling in love with this perfect little creation. While I’m out doing the new mom thing, the awesome Courtney from Neighborfood stepped in to help a girlfriend out with a guest post. Please make sure you stop by her page and check it out- she is hilarious, takes great photos, and writes an awesome post. Take it away, Coutney!
Hey there Omeletta fans! I’m Courtney and I’m visiting today from my blog Neighborfood. If I lived closer to Ruthy, I’d be popping over with a homemade casserole, a bottle of wine, and an entire wheel of soft cheese, but since that’s currently impossible, I’m bringing you this recipe for Spicy Sweet Potato Soup instead.
Some ideas are doomed to either be really, really good or really, really bad. Examples of bad ideas: Flesh toned leggings. Purple ketchup. Drying jeans on high heat. Not scraping the ice off your car before driving it. Hitting “reply all” (usually). Staying up until 3 AM on a Tuesday night binge watching Seinfeld reruns.
Examples of good ideas: Eating ice cream. Going to work. Wearing pants in public. Tater tots as burger buns. Post Its. Huddling up on the couch with three blankets, bootie socks, hot chocolate, and a thermostat set a tad too high.
When I first thought about a spicy Sriracha sweet potato soup, I honestly wasn’t sure whether it would land in the good idea camp or the bad idea camp. But I couldn’t get it out of my mind, so I finally just decided to go for it. Lucky for me (and you), it flew right past the good idea camp straight into the surprise-your-socks-off excellent camp.
I don’t often make pureed soups, but after trying this one, I know more of them are in my future. The texture of this is similar to a creamy tomato bisque. It’s thick and hearty, but with a smooth richness that comes from a swirl of coconut milk at the end. The flavor is Asian inspired with a mix of ginger, chili pepper, and Chinese Five Spice complimenting the mild sweetness of the sweet potatoes. A finishing swirl of Sriracha adds just the right amount of heat to warm you from the inside out. Seriously, this tough will knock the teeth right out of the polar vortex’s mouth . The flavors are so warm and comforting, you’ll be craving them long after your bowl is gone.
I was nervous to share this with the Mr. since he usually wrinkles his nose at the word “vegetarian,” but he shocked me and the rest of the world by scarfing down an entire bowl and commenting on multiple occasions how much he enjoyed this soup. I’ll call that a win.
- 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 3 green onions, including white part, chopped
- 2 teaspoons red chili paste (I used Gourmet Garden's) or 1 red chili, chopped and seeded if you'd like to keep the heat down
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 6 cups low sodium chicken broth (use veggie broth if vegan)
- 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
- Salt, to taste
- 1 5 ounce can coconut milk
- Sriracha, cilantro, and lime for serving
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the bell pepper and saute until softened and browned a bit on the edges, about 4 minutes. Add the green onion and saute for an additional minute. Add the sweet potatoes, chili paste, ginger, broth, and Chinese Five Spice. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium and cook until sweet potatoes are softened, 7-10 minutes. Taste the soup and add salt as needed.
- Transfer the soup to a blender or food processor or use an immersion blender to puree it until smooth. I had to puree mine in 3 different batches in my blender to avoid splattering scalding hot soup everywhere. Return soup to pot and stir in coconut milk.
- Serve in a bowl with a swirl of sriracha and chopped cilantro.
- If you'd like to make this vegan, simply replace the chicken broth with veggie broth. Or go less vegan and add a few crumbles of goat cheese to the top. Either way, you're in for a satisfying treat with this easy to make Spicy Sweet Potato Soup.