Sunday, December 6

Beat Cold and Flu Season with a Warm Bowl of North African Inspired Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter, and Paprika Soup

African inspired sweet potato, peanut, and paprika soup

Cold and flu season is upon us. I know. It's only December 6th, and I have been sick three times.

Like most people, I try to pinpoint when I got sick. Was it the day I forgot to use the disinfectant wipes on the grocery cart handle? Was it that sneezy kid in the elevator? Ooh, I know who it was -- that guy who hacked all over the coffee counter at Starbucks.

I realize that this line of investigation is futile, but when I can't swallow, my ears ache, and my nose looks like Rudolph, I'm looking for retribution.

Fortunately, this North African Inspired Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter, and Paprika Soup calms me right down. Roasting the potatoes first ehances their natural sweetness and adds a touch of smokiness that contrasts deliciously with earthy peanut butter and fragrant sweet paprika. After a piping hot bowl of such goodness, looking like Rudolph doesn't seem so bad after all.

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North African Inspired Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter, and Paprika Soup

Serves 4
Print recipe only here.

2 large orange skinned sweet potatoes or Garnet yams, scrubbed and sliced in half lengthwise
6 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 yellow onion, diced
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy salted peanut butter
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup cream or half n' half
Juice of ½ lime (about 1 – ½ teaspoons)
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus extra for garnish
Sea salt, to taste
2 tablespoons unsalted peanuts, chopped, optional garnish

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking pan with tinfoil (for easy clean up). Brush the flesh of the sweet potatoes with 2 teaspoons olive oil; roast flesh side down for 40-45 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Cool. Scoop out the flesh, and discard the skins.

2. In a deep pot over medium heat, sauté onion in remaining 4 teaspoons olive oil for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add cooked potato flesh and broth. Bring to a boil; reduce to low, and add brown sugar, peanut butter, sweet paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cook 7-8 minutes. Turn off heat, and cool 5-10 minutes before pureeing.

3. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth; return to the pot over low heat. Add the cream, lime juice, and cilantro; stir occasionally until the soup is thoroughly heated, 8-10 minutes. Season to taste with salt. If you prefer a thinner soup, simply add a bit more broth until desired consistency is reached.

4. Garnish individual bowls with thinly sliced fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts.

These Food Blogga soup recipes might also help ease a cold:
Italian Lentil Soup
Italian Chicken and Escarole Soup
Creamy Cauliflower Chestnut Soup
Fennel Spiked Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup 

You might also enjoy these sweet potato soup recipes:
Caribbean Sweet Potato recipe at Lisa's Kitchen
Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup recipe at Homesick Texan
Curried Sweet Potato Soup with Apricots recipe at Serious Eats
Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Fried Sage recipe at Local Lemons


Sharon said...

This sounds amazing!

Unplanned Cooking said...

We're fighting the flu here, so need a warm pick me up. And we definitely got infected by sneezing kids :).

AllThingsYummy said...

Anything with peanut butter makes me happy. I'll have to try this out. Feel better soon.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Funny, I was just talking about these flavors last night! yum!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is a gorgeous soup! So flavorful and original!



Manggy said...

Oh noo!! 3 times already?! I hope you get plenty of rest and plenty of delicious soups like this one!

(oh, and the cookies can't hurt eh? :)

The Teacher Cooks said...

This really sounds soo good! I love sweet potatoes, but have never tried them in soup. I love the photo of the sweet potato on the spoon! Thanks.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Comfort food at it's best Susan.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

This sounds really tasty! My kind of soup!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

sharon-Thank you!

unplannedcooking-I know. They're the usual suspects. ;)

allthingsyummy-Thanks! I hope you like it.

gretchennoelle-What's not to love, right?

rosa-Thanks, my dear!

mark-soup and cookies. Doctor's orders, right? :)

theteachercooks-Oh, you've gotta try it. They're wonderful!

val-I think so too.

tastyeatsathome-Glad to hear it!

Debbie said...

Hope you start feeling better. That soup looks delicious to eat at any time!

Rambling Tart said...

Hope you can cozy in and get better soon! This soup sounds lovely. I'm a huge fan of African food. :-)

Simona Carini said...

Soup is definitely the way to go in certain situations. Hope you don't get sick again this season: it's not fun.

Allison Arevalo said...

Thanks so much for metioning my sweet potato soup recipe. Yours sounds incredible, all flavors I never thought to mix.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Very interesting. I sometimes make a sweet potato soup with coconut. I am definitely trying this great peanut butter variation.

Hope you feel better soon. I always seem to get a bad cold around the holidays and I'm dreading the inevitable arrival of hte next one!

Mardi Michels said...

This is intriguing - I LOVE the sound of it. Since I am just getting over bronchitis, its just what I feel like!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love to make a version of this soup with a variety of winter squash: a little bit of butternut, buttercup, blue hubbard, acorn, whatever I have on hand. And I always throw in a sweet potato, too. Hope this is the end of the cold/flu season for you!

Brie: Le Grand Fromage said...

those three sound really interesting together, but it makes sense. i still have some sweet potatoes laying around i could use...but i'll have to make sure my dog's nose doesn't make it into the finished product this time. feel better!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

What a wonderful, comforting soup, Susan! I hope you feel better soon.

ChichaJo said...

This sounds delicious! I've had a similar soup with peanut butter which I also this would definitely be welcome, sick or not :)

Hope you are feeling better!

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

it is cold, winter is definitely in effect, and it just so happens i just got sick so tomorrow I am whipping up a batch of this soup and hoping to lose the red nose!

Cristie said...

With all those peppers and sweet potatoes that soup's gotta' help a cold. Hope you feel better soon.

Lisa Johnson said...

This is a great looking soup! I'm going to make soup in the next few days and this is inspiring my next creation! : )

Anonymous said...

I made your soup last night and my husband & I are enjoying it again tonight!

It's is amazing. So easy to make. And with a creamy velvety texture that makes me not want to stop eating this.

I loved your Sweet Potato Peanut Pineapple Soup from last year--but this one might be a tad better!

So sorry to hear that you've been hit by the cold/flu bug.

I swear by the neti pot (can get SinuCleanse at any drug store) at the first vague sign of a cold. Really!

Vitamin D in the range of 2000-4000 IUs a day, too, will kick up your immune system.

Stay healthy!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

That's so funny - I totally do the same thing, trying to find out who to blame for being sick. Like that's going to change anything.

Sorry you're under the weather. A bowl of this beautiful soup is bound to help.

tiny home plans said...

A household fighting over flu also here! Kids sneezing and sniffing, we all got infected! Thanks for the recipe. This can help!

Cara said...

sounds great! reminds me of a spicy butternut & peanut soup I love to make.