On a cold winter evening there’s almost nothing nicer than snuggling into my favorite armchair with a good book and a bowl of hot, filling winter soup. Here I share one of my favorite simple winter soup recipes – a perfect mix of sweet potato with a bit of a chilli-kick and the creaminess of coconut milk. Your family will enjoy this recipe too, and you may be surprised that your kids will actually eat this healthy recipe!
In order to create this lovely winter warmer you’ll need some basic kitchen equipment: a large, heavy based soup-pan, a decent knife and chopping board, a peeler and can opener and a stick blender.
2 finely chopped onions, 2-3 (around 500g in weight) roughly chopped sweet potatoes, 2 garlic cloves, a small piece of fresh root ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger), 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes (or chilli powder), one 400g can of coconut milk and a liter of boiling water. Salt and pepper are optional.
Start with a drizzle of oil in your pan and heat it slowly. Add 2 finely chopped onions and cook them until they soften (about 5-10 mins). Add a crushed or chopped garlic clove and cook for a further 3-5 minutes.
Toss in a the peeled and roughly chopped sweet potatoes, ginger, and chilli flakes and pour in the coconut milk and boiling water (you could add some vegetable stock in the water if you prefer, and salt and pepper to taste). That’s it for the ingredients so, once you’ve brought the pan to a boil, bring it down to a simmer, cover and relax while it cooks (this will take around 30-40 mins – check to see that the sweet potato has softened).
Now you need to blend the soup – use a stick blender for best results. Add a crusty bread roll for delicious results. Mmmm….
This recipe makes enough for about 4 good servings but I often add a little more and freeze the extra portions for a quick and easy meal later – if you have a large pan you could double everything and stock up the freezer for a few weeks worth of cold-weather meals. If you pack into plastic containers with air tight lids, you also can have your lunch ready to take to work as well.