It’s been freeeeezing in Cape Town, the perfect weather for soup. But I’m not one to slave over a pot for hours on end – not after SCD anyway! I’m all for quick, easy soups that taste like they’ve been bubbling away for hours…
My sister served us a delicious cauliflower soup yesterday, when she and her husband had the family over for Father’s Day. Feeling inspired, I decided to see what kind of soup I could come up with using ingredients I already had at home, and this was the result.
It’s tasty, filling, easy to make and totally budget friendly 🙂 Plus, K said that it tasted like ‘restaurant quality’, which is high praise considering that a) she hates butternut soups and b) we have amazing restaurants in Cape Town!
This recipe can easily be made SCD-friendly by omitting the sweet potato. Simply add extra butternut.
Butternut and sweet potato soup with coconut and ginger
Yields 3 to 4 servings
- 500-600g butternut, peeled and cut into chunks
- 200g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks (omit for SCD)
- 1 medium-large onion, quartered
- 1 medium-large carrot, sliced into rings
- 6 or 7 whole garlic cloves, peeled
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
- Ground cinnamon
- Dried rosemary
- Dried mixed herbs
- Garlic salt
- Knob of ginger, grated
- 2-3 bay leaves
- Salt & a good crack of black pepper
- 250ml coconut milk or coconut yoghurt
Preheat oven to 200C/390F.
Place all the vegetables (except the ginger) on a roasting tray, drizzle with coconut oil and season with cinnamon, dried rosemary, mixed herbs and garlic salt. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft and lightly browned.
Just before the vegetables are ready, place the ginger into a large pot and saute in a little water for 2 or 3 minutes. Add two cups of boiling water, plus the salt, pepper and bay leaves. Add the roast veg along with any juices/seasoning. Bring to a boil.
Allow the vegetables to simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, take out the bay leaves and add the coconut milk/yoghurt. Blend using a stick blender. Add a little extra boiling water if it’s too chunky to blend – I found that I needed another cup or so.
Return to the heat for a minute or two before serving.
Slurrrrrrrp! Enjoy 🙂