Sunday, 26 April 2009

Ellie's Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup

Well we didn't get completely blown away last night, the winds and rains buffeted the house and knocked out power to much of the city but we came away reasonably unscathed. It was a long drive home for hubby with no streetlights or traffic lights in some intersections and he was very much in need of a warm and comforting meal to come home to.
This simple but tasty soup did just the trick. It is healthy and flavourful and perfect with some whole grain crackers.
The recipe is from Ellie Krieger, a registered dietitian and host of Healthy Appetite on Food Network. Her recipes are good, but I find that she is quite shy with flavourings. I quadrupled the garlic and ginger. Well, wouldn't you?

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup
adapted from Ellie Krieger

1 tbs. canola oil
1 large onion, diced (about 2 cups)
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 medium carrots, diced (about 1 cup)
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp. peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups)
6 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
One 14.5 oz can no-salt added diced tomatoes, with their juice
2/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1 tsp honey
chopped peanuts and scallions for sprinkling

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and carrots and cook, stirring until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add the cayenne, black pepper, garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the sweet potato, broth, and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
Puree the soup in the pot using an immersion blender or in a regular blender in two batches and return to the pot. Add the peanut butter and honey and stir, over low heat, until the peanut butter melts. Serve warm, garnished with scallions and peanuts.
This soup can easily be made vegetarian by using vegetable stock instead of chicken.
Another tasty soup for Souper Sundays!