Need a new winter warming soup that has a hint of spice and a truckload of flavour? This is definitely it.
Tomato, sweet potato and the tagine spice go together perfectly, while the coconut milk smooths out all the flavours and the quinoa offers a more substantial meal (a great way to use up leftover quinoa!). I vary the different Moroccan spice blends, creating entirely new versions. It’s great to change it up a bit!
Simple enough, lots of layers of flavour and generally an all-round impressive soup!
Makes: 4 large bowlfuls
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes-1 hour
(If cooking the quinoa)
- Cup red quinoa (or 1 cup cooked red or white quinoa)
- 200-250ml filtered water
- 4 medium sweet potatoes, roughly diced
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 1 medium garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons Moroccan tagine spice blend
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon hot cayenne pepper, or to taste!
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 litres filtered water
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 200ml coconut cream or coconut milk, plus a little extra, to serve
- 2 tablespoons quality salt
- 1⁄4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, to serve
- Cracked black pepper, to serve
- To cook the quinoa, place in a medium saucepan with 200-250ml filtered water, cover and bring to the boil over a medium heat.
- Reduce heat and simmer quinoa, covered, for 10-15 minutes or until water has been absorbed and quinoa is 95% cooked.
- Remove from the heat, leaving the lid on so quinoa keeps cooking.
- Place the sweet potato, onion, garlic, spices and the 2 litres of filtered water in a large saucepan on a medium heat and bring to the boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add the tinned tomatoes and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and blend soup with a stick blender.
- Add the coconut cream and salt, return to the heat and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
- Divide soup into bowls, adding about 1⁄4 cup cooked quinoa to each bowl.
- Drizzle with extra coconut cream, scatter with parsley leaves and sprinkle with cracked pepper… wonderful!
Tip: If using Australian white quinoa, rinse the quinoa to remove the naturally forming saponin (soapy) coating.
It’s non-toxic but bitter tasting!
Note: When cooking white quinoa, reduce cooking time by 5 minutes.
Shared with love by….
Anthea Amore, Organic Passion Catering
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