Caribbean Sweet Potato Soup

Caribbean Sweet Potato Soup

With summer stalling and cranking into reverse on its way into southwestern Ontario, a Caribbean sweet potato soup seemed just the thing to stimulate my dreams of hot sunny weather and warm my stomach besides. Coconut milk intensifies the rich, buttery sweetness of sweet potatoes and makes this very simple soup a smooth and creamy delight. Try it once and you'll be back for a second bowl.

Caribbean Sweet Potato SoupCaribbean Sweet Potato Soup
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Cuisine: Caribbean
Published on May 7, 2008

Beautiful, warm and creamy Caribbean-style sweet potato soup simmered with coconut milk

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

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  • 1 1/2 lbs (675 g) sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • juice from 1 small lime (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • Bring the sweet potatoes and vegetable stock to a boil in a large saucepan or soup pot over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the turmeric, cover and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.

  • Remove from heat and purée in a countertop blender or with a hand blender. Return to heat and stir in the coconut milk, salt, maple syrup, cayenne and black pepper, and keep at a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally.

  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat. When hot, toss in the olive oil, wait a few seconds, then swirl around to coat the pan. Add the onion and fry for 10 minutes or until the onion is golden brown. Add to the soup pot and stir in the lime juice.

  • Serve hot topped with a few sprinklings of fresh ground black pepper.

Makes 6 servings
Caribbean Sweet Potato Soup


Peter M said...

Hit me with that's weather is nowhere near what the inept weatherman predicted!

Anonymous said...

I say "yes" to anything that makes it feel more like summer. Besides, sweet potato + coconut milk + maple syrup + lime = delicious every time!

Lucy said...

Just exactly what I want.

Right now.

winedeb said...

As I try to fix a soup everyday for lunch, this one is on my list! I have been using coconut more in my cooking so I am looking forward to this beauty!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I've had other sweet potato soups, but I really like your twist on it! It sounds like a really tasty change from the norm and that color on it is fantastic

test it comm said...

I like sweet potato soups and this one sounds good! I like the coconut milk, maple syrup and spices in this one.

ServesYouRight said...

what an intriguing mix of spices - sounds lovely.


Susan said...

Brimming with beta carotene. Lovely, sweet and healthy, Lisa.