Another soup I came across this weekend was a recipe for Moroccan Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup. I thought this would be a nice alternative to the good ol’ Pumpkin soup that I dearly love.
The soup itself was incredibly easy to make. I especially love soups where the preparation is minimal and involves cutting the vegies into careless chucks rather than delicate dices.
The Moroccan spices add a beautiful subtle taste, which balanced well with the sweetness of the potato and carrots. This soup would be lovely served with some toasted Turkish bread.
Moroccan Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large brown onion, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
600g orange sweet potato, peeled, diced
500g carrots, peeled, sliced
6 cups reduced-salt chicken stock
300g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed
1/2 small lemon, juiced
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Stir in coriander, cumin and chilli powder. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add sweet potato and carrot. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add stock. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
Add chickpeas to soup and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until chickpeas are tender.
Blend soup, in batches, until smooth. Return to saucepan over medium-low heat. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Heat, stirring, until hot (do not boil). Ladle into bowls. Top with croutons. Sprinkle with pepper. Serve.