Peanut Curried Sweet Potato Soup

29 Mar

I am and have always been a super huge fan of sweet potatoes, thanks to my mothers well-known sweet potato pie recipe:)  Pie is always good, but a change in flavor with my favorite vegetable is welcome too:)  Often I bake-off a couple of sweet potatoes and top them with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.  This time I had two HUGE potatoes and since I could only eat one, I decided to make a soup out of the other.  This soup recipe has wonderful flavors and a subtle sweet taste from the baked sweet potato’s natural sugars.  Serve this with some yummy rustic bread and enjoy:)

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon butter or margarine, divided
1 large finely chopped yellow onion
2 cups fat-free (skim) milk, divided
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper *optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash ground red pepper (optional)
Wrap your sweet potato in foil and bake in oven for about 40 minutes on 400 degrees.  You can boil the potatoes as too, but the soup wont taste as sweet or earthy as baking them.
Meanwhile, heat medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Coat with nonstick cooking spray; add 1 teaspoon butter and tilt skillet to coat bottom. Add onions; cook 8 minutes or until tender and golden.
Chop up potatoes(Tip: you can save some chopped up potatoes to add texture at the end) ; place in blender with onions, 1 cup milk, curry powder, peanut butter salt and  peppers. Blend until completely smooth. Return potato mixture to saucepan and stir in remaining 1 cup milk. Cook 5 minutes over medium-high heat or until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter(and remaining potatoes if this option was chosen).  Garnish with Peanuts.
Add ins:
The next day after making this soup I decided to add in a protein to make to make the soup heartier.  I pulled a handful of frozen shrimp out of my freezer and sautéd them with some butter and lots o’ pepper.  This made the meal so wonderful and tasty:)  You could also add in chicken to get the same effect.

2 Responses to “Peanut Curried Sweet Potato Soup”

  1. Beatrice March 8, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    This soup sounds delicious! I like the addition of curry and peanut butter (yum).

  2. Shree March 30, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    This looks fabulous! sweet potatoes and and peanut butter and curry, fabulous choice!

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