Baked sweet potato and carrot soup with cheddar potato skin croutons – A warming healthier soup. Gluten free & vegetarian.
Did I just invent potato skin croutons?
No, I don’t think so. I thought I did, but after a quick google search, it seems nothing is really new in the recipe world.
They are flippin awesome though.
Baking the sweet potatoes gives a thicker, smooth and ever-so-slightly smoky flavour to the soup.
Normally I would probably just eat the leftover skin with a bit of butter (I’m definitely a potato-skin girl), but not this time! Cutting that skin into little squares, sprinkling on some cheese and baking for another few minutes makes an amazing soup topping!
If a potato is baked properly – crispy skin a must – then that’s my favourite bit of a jacket spud.
I can’t understand people who leave it on their plate, like it’s a wrapper for their actual food. Eat your fibre people!!
I tend to make more regular baked potatoes than sweet, but in certain circumstances, I find sweet potatoes to be the better option (i.e these Thai inspired sweet potato skins).
I’ve yet to try that American classic – sweet potato with marshmallow. My UK tastebuds still find the thought of that combination a little too out there!! Maybe I should surprise everyone and put it on the table this Christmas 🙂
But for now, I’ll stick to the soup. Autumn has arrived, it’s cold and I just want warming bowl food.
Fyi – I first created this recipe for Superfood Magazine.
- 500g (about 3 medium) sweet potatoes
- 300g (about 4 medium) carrots, peeled and chopped into large chunks
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 onions, peeled and chopped
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 litre vegetable stock (use bouillon plus water for gluten free)
- 35g (1/3 cup) cheddar cheese, finely grated
- 2 tbsp low fat Greek yogurt
- Small handful of pea shoots
- Preheat the oven to 200c/400f
- Place the sweet potatoes directly on the shelf of the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Place the carrots on a baking tray, drizzle on one tablespoon of the oil, add the paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Toss together with your hands, then place in the oven with the sweet potatoes for a further 25 minutes, turning the carrots once with a spatula.
- Heat the remaining oil in a large pan. Add the onions and cook for 8-10 minutes until the onions have softened. Add in the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a simmer.
- Remove the carrots and potatoes the oven. Carefully slice the sweet potatoes in half. Scoop out the flesh and place into the pan of stock along with the roasted carrots. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Using a pair of kitchen scissors, cut the skins from one of the potatoes into 1cmx1cm pieces. Place back on the baking tray (with the inside parts of the skin facing upwards) and sprinkle on the cheddar cheese. Place in the oven to bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.
- Take the soup off the heat, and very carefully blend using a hand blender (leave to cool before blending, then reheat if you prefer).
- Divide the soup between four bowls. Swirl half a tablespoon of Greek yogurt into each bowl, then top with fresh pea shoots and the potato skin croutons. Serve immediately.