So hands up if you are as addicted to soup as me? I could, and almost do, have a bowl most days. Indian dal is very like soup and I often make one up for lunch – my red split lentil dal is a fav – see here.
Today however I wanted to show you my roasted sweet potato, garlic and smoked paprika soup. Anything roasted has that wonderful smokey flavour that is so addictively satisfying. This soup will warm the belly and soul with one spoonful (or preferably a whole bowl). The snow provided such a good backdrop the other day that I ran outside to take this shot. When I came to eating the soup later in the day I realised it was far too thick so I added more liquid. How thick or soupy you like your soup is up to you but just add the stock a little at a time until you have reached your desired consistency.
The whole family will love it and it involves minimum fuss so win win.
Roasted Sweet Potato, Garlic and Smoked Paprika Soup
5 sweet potatoes, cleaned and chopped into cubes (skin on)
1 whole garlic bulb
1 heaped tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, roughly chopped
1 tbsp butter
2 stalks of rosemary, leaves only, stalk removed
1 tsp salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1- 1.5 pint of vegetable stock, add more if you refer a less thick soup
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
- On a baking tray place the cubed sweet potatoes and add the olive oil and smoked paprika and mix together so that the sweet potatoes are nicely covered. Add the whole garlic. Place in the oven for 40 minutes or until the sweet potato has softened.
- Meanwhile in a large casserole pan add the butter and a splash of olive oil and gently fry the red onion and rosemary for 7 minutes so that it has nicely softened.
- Remove the garlic cloves from the bulb, which will be all soft and gooey at this stage. Add them and the sweet potato to the main casserole pan and add seasoning and the vegetable stock.
- Using a hand whisk, blend until smooth. Add more boiling water/stock depending on how you like your soup consistency. I actually added a lot more water after this photo (above) was taken as it was too thick initially.
- Serve piping hot with some crunchy bread on the side. If you want to add a topping you could add a dollop of creme fraiche with a sprinkling of smoked paprika on top, a little extra virgin olive oil or perhaps some roasted pine nuts.
If you try making this soup please post a photo on instagram and use the #soupmeuptoday so that I can see it.