Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Spinach Soup (Simple Soup Series – Recipe 3)

Hey peeps!

Hope you enjoyed the previous two soups and found them as simple and tasty as I did! If you missed the first two recipes, you can find the links here:

Broccoli & Almond Soup (Simple Soup Series – Recipe 1)

Mushroom & Hazelnut Soup (Simple Soup Series – Recipe 2)

Continuing on with my simple soup series, here is my third soup recipe: Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Spinach Soup. This soup is ridiculously simple, but is so so tasty! I love the natural sweetness in this soup, and although I always feel the need to eat soup with bread, this is one I really enjoy without bread and often have it just with some simple crispy chickpea “croutons” on top. So healthy!

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) which supports the immune system, skin health, eye sight, healthy bone & cell growth and reproductive health. They also provide a good source of Vitamin C, Manganese, Copper, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6 and many others.

Although this is also a quick 10-minute soup, it does involve left over already cooked sweet potatoes. Left overs are great for whipping up quick soups the next day and I find it much more exciting to transform leftovers into something new, rather than simply eating them the same way I did the day before.

Now onto the recipe…….

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Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Spinach Soup

Makes: 1 Large Bowl of Soup | Prep Time: 2 Minutes | Cook & Blend Time: 8 Minutes

Equipment Needed: Kettle, Saucepan, Wooden Spoon or Fork, Blender (High Speed)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large / 2 Small (Approx 300g raw weight) cooked sweet potato, skin removed (I used a huge sweet potato I had boiled whole with the skin on the day before for about 90 minutes but you can use steamed, mashed, or baked as long as the skin is removed and there are no additional flavourings on it)
  • 1 Vegetable Stock Cube*
  • 1 Tin of Chickpeas (I use Biona Organic)
  • Large handful of spinach
  • 2 Cups of boiling water
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

*Still only 1 stock cube needed if doubling the recipe

Method:

  1. Turn on the grill to high heat
  2. Boil the kettle
  3. Strain and rinse the tin of  chickpeas to remove the salty water
  4. (Optional Chickpea Croutons) Put half of the chickpeas onto a tray or over proof dish and put under the grill to crisp up, shaking every couple of minutes to ensure they crisp up all around. If you have the time, you can make even crispier, yummier chickpea croutons by putting them in a 180 degrees Celcius oven for about 45 minutes, shaking occasionally to ensure crispy on all sides.
  5. Put the saucepan on medium heat and crumble in the stock cube. Pour in the 2 cups of boiling water from the kettle (You can jazz up the recipe here by adding a teaspoon of curry powder if you want!)
  6. At the same time, add half the can of chickpeas, and the cooked sweet potato. Break up the sweet potato in the saucepan with a wooden spoon or fork so it heats through quicker.
  7. Simmer for a few minutes, then add in the spinach and allow it to wilt for about 30 seconds.
  8. Add mixture to a high-speed blender, and blend for about a minute until smooth.
  9. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  10. Serve with the crispy chickpea croutons on top, or with bread or enjoy as is!

Easy. Simple. Delicious!! Enjoy 🙂

Feel free to comment below whether or not you like the recipe, what you did to make it your own etc. I would love to hear your variations! You can also tag me on Instagram @freefromthecherrytree

“Listen to what other people say…… but decide for yourself”

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