Sweet Potato and Spiced Pumpkin Seed Soup

To celebrate my blog’s new makeover plus a new project I’ve started working on, I’d like to share this recipe for a sweet potato and pumpkin seed soup. I’m loving Mexican food at the moment and this is an inspiration taken from Thomasina Mier’s Mexican Food Made Simple and it’s absolutely packed full of  bursting flavours with spice from the chilli, earthy from the cumin and sweet and creamy from the sweet potato, finishing with a crunch from pumpkin seeds.

 

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For the soup…

–          1 heaped teaspoon cumin seeds

–          2 tablespoons olive oil

–          1 medium onion, sliced

–          2 garlic cloves, chopped

–          ¼ teaspoon ground chilli

–          5 sage leaves, chopped

–          2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped in small chunks

–          1 cinnamon stick

–          1 bay leaf

–          400ml chicken stock

–          Salt and pepper

For the Spiced pumpkin seeds…

–          2 tablespoons olive oil

–          3 small dried chillies, chopped

–          1 teaspoon paprika

–          Handful pumpkin seeds

 

Dry fry the cumin on a low heat till it’s warmed and releases its earthy scent.  Take off the heat and grind in a pestle and mortar.

Make your pumpkin seeds by heating up the olive oil on medium heat, placing in the dried chilli and paprika for a minute, and then adding the pumpkin seeds. Let it all merge together and cook for about two minutes before taking off the heat and placing aside.

To make the soup, heat the olive oil on a medium heat and cook the onion till tender, before adding the garlic, chilli, sage leaves and ground cumin. Cook for a few minutes, making sure to move it around and not letting it burn. Place in the sweet potato, cinnamon stick, bay leaf and stock and let it come to a boil, then simmer on a gentle heat for 15mins till the sweet potato is tender. Season and whizz in a blender till smooth and creamy.

Serve the soup with the pumpkin seeds scattered on top and spoon some of the chilli oil from the pumpkin seed pan to drizzle over, don’t waste a thing!

 

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