Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sweet potato & chorizo soup

Sometimes I really don't feel like cooking a large meal at night & fancy a big bowl of soup instead.  Luckily, my kids are happy with this too & this particular soup is our current favourite.
I first had this when Alfie was at his friend's birthday party last winter, it was so warming & tasty, I knew I'd be cooking it a lot from then on!!
The recipe is a Jamie Oliver one but I've adapted it ever so slightly for our tastes.
Sweet potato & chorizo soup
serves 6-8
2 carrots, roughly diced
2 onions, chopped
2 or 3 garlic cloves, chopped
800g sweet potatoes, peeled & roughly chopped
200g chorizo sausage (spicy or mild depending on your taste)
olive oil
1 or 2 tbsp Balti paste (according to taste)
2 chicken stock cubes dissolved in 1.8l boiling water
small bunch fresh parsley, chopped
salt & pepper
1.  Put a large pot on a medium-high heat & add a splash of olive oil.  Add all the chopped veg, parsley & chorizo & stir.  Add the Balti paste & mix well.
2.  Cook for around 5 - 10 minutes until the carrots start to soften slightly.
3.  Pour the hot stock in to the pan & stir well.
4.  Bring to the boil & reduce heat.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are cooked through.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.
5.  Using a liquidiser or hand blender (or whizzy stick as I call it!), blend until smooth.
6.  Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche or finely chopped red chilli if you wish.
This is great served with some chunky wholegrain bread & a glass or two of shiraz.  A few months ago I read in a magazine about this Koolibura shiraz from Aldi, of all places.  I'd always been a bit dubious about trying their wines but it really is delicious & I've since tried many more & haven't had a dud one yet!  Their Toro Loco Tempranillo is another firm favourite of ours & such a bargain at around £3.50 a bottle!

Have a great weekend everyone!


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