This velvety-smooth sweet potato soup feels like fall and tastes company-worthy sophisticated, but it’s ready to serve in under 30 minutes. How? We tap a flavor-packed store-bought satay sauce to serve as the base of the soup, and the rest is easy. Thai peanut satay sauce delivers bold, complex flavors—from elements like garlic, lemongrass, coconut milk, and warming spices—with only as much effort as it takes to open the bottle on your end. We opted for Thai Kitchen brand sauce, but feel free to use whatever brand you like. This flavorful soup is equally awesome for a weeknight dinner as it is as an opening course for a holiday dinner party, and no one would ever guess it’s as easy as it is to whip up. Plus, this Thai-inspired bowl of comfort is completely vegan, making it a great option to serve when entertaining friends who maintain a plant-based diet. It’s also a great option to prep on the weekend and enjoy throughout the week. To save even more time, go for pre-chopped onions.
1 (8-oz.) jar peanut satay sauce (such as Thai Kitchen)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup coconut cream
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, plus zest for garnish (from 1 lime)
Chopped fresh cilantro
How to Make It
Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high; add onion, and cook, stirring often, until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add broth, sweet potatoes, carrots, peanut sauce, black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of the salt; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
Transfer to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender, and place a clean towel over opening in lid. Working in batches, process until smooth, about 1 minute.
Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a small skillet over medium. Add pecans and cook, stirring often, until toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cayenne pepper and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt. Remove from heat.
Stir together coconut cream, lime juice, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl until combined.
Ladle soup into bowls; drizzle with coconut-lime cream, and sprinkle with toasted pecans, cilantro, and lime zest.
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