Because we got sweet potatoes and peppers in our produce box, I decided to try out the southwestern sweet potato-corn soup first. The soup was easy to make - just chop, cook, and then quickly puree with an immersion blender. The sweet potatoes, peppers, and corn combined perfectly for a hearty but not heavy soup. I especially liked the lime juice, which is added right at the end -- it adds an extra flavor dimension to keep the soup from being too sweet. Add some cornbread on the side for a perfect supper.
You can also check out some of my other Moosewood recipes: eggplant Parmesan, cardamom-chocolate chip coffee cake, orange-fennel salad, Creole fish stew with quinoa, veggie-cheese pie, ginger-y greens with tofu, ricotta-spinach calzones, stuffed squash, samosas, sparkling strawberry lemonade, and artichoke heart-chickpea stew. Yum!
Southwestern Sweet Potato-Corn Soup (adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Favorites)
2 T vegetable oil
1 tsp dried Aleppo pepper
2 cups finely chopped onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1 T ground cumin
2-1/2 cups peeled and diced sweet potatoes
2 cups seeded and diced bell peppers
3 cups frozen or fresh sweet corn
2-1/2 cups water
3 T fresh lime juice
2 T minced cilantro
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a soup pot. Add the Aleppo pepper and heat in the oil for about a minute, stirring constantly. Add the onions, garlic, and salt, and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let cook about 10 minutes, until the onions are soft, stirring occasionally.
2. Add the cumin and sweet potatoes, and cook, covered, on low heat, for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the bell peppers, and cook, covered, on low heat, for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the corn and the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until everything is nicely tender, about 8-10 minutes.
3. Puree about half the soup, until you get a consistency you like. An immersion blender is easiest for this, but you can also use a blender - just be careful about blending hot soup! Stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste.