Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thai Sweet Potato Soup

We bought a bunch of ingredients for our soup at the farmers market this week.  Ingredients like sweet potatoes, onions, cilantro & fresh french bread.  Yay local, vegetarian & semi organic!  I like to think all farmers market food is semi organic.  This perhaps is not a summer soup (rather cold weather food) but whatever.  I have to disclose - the recipe is practically not re-creatable.  You'll see why.

Thai Sweet Potato Soup with Yogurt and Cilantro Pesto

thai sweet potato soup
4 peeled/cubed sweet potatoes
1 diced onion
3 chopped carrots
1 bell pepper or 1 cup of multi pepper strips (I used TJ's frozen strips)
2 cloves garlic
2 cups broth
1 cup of mixed leftover thai curry sauces from
Ginger Restaurant in Carytown, Richmond, VA.
(we used 3 different leftover sauces - red curry, thai soup & lemongrass)
salt & pepper

Toss diced onions & garlic into large pot w/EVOO.  Grill until translucent.  Add peeled, 1" cubed sweet potatoes, chopped carrots and bell pepper strips.  Cook on medium for 30 mins.  Don't forget to stir!  Add broth, thai curry sauces & s/p and simmer for 30 mins - 2 hours.  Obviously here you'll have to improvise.  Add some of your favorite curry flavors, perhaps a little coconut milk, some thai sauces etc.  Blend w/immursion blender or standard blender for smooth consistancy.

umm... use plain yogurt - no flavorings or sweeteners
or just use sour cream

cilantro pesto
1/3 cup walnuts
1 huge bunch of fresh cilantro (probably 3 of the tiny store packaged ones)
1 clove minced garlic
1 tbsp lime juice (1/2 a lime)
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
salt to taste
2 tbsp olive oil

Pulse walnuts in food processor until ground.  Cut off large stems from cilantro.  Add the rest of the ingredients to food processor except olive oil.  Blend all together until smooth.  Add 1 tbsp of olive oil at a time until you reach your desired consistency.  You may want more or less EVOO for runnier or thicker pesto.  Serving suggestion: mix with rice instead of pasta!  Works well in wraps, on sandwiches and of course soups!

Pour soup in bowl, dollop with yogurt and pesto!  Eat with fresh bread!

oh I just had to add this because it's cute!  ducklings we saw on a walk


  1. We love love love it here in Richmond! Best wishes with your move!!! :)

  2. Just discovered blog and have never seen a tastier looking soup! I'm big into organic and local foods. I am totally impressed by this recipe and can't wait to try it!


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