Dana Slatkin

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup

Announcing the winner of our February Soup Contest! Joye Schwartz of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, writes, “I am an avid vegetarian cook and want to submit my Spicy Sweet Potato Soup. My family loves soups, and this one is particularly tasty because it combines the sweetness of the sweet potato with the hot flavor of the jalapeno.” Joye is a visual artist specializing in watercolors, oils and portraiture. Check out her beautiful artwork at JoyefulArtBlog and at Joye Schwartz.

I must admit I was skeptical about the unconventional additions of jalapeño and pizza sauce. But when I tested the recipe on my family last week, it inspired plenty of “mmm’s.” This soup is fairly thick, so I would recommend thinning it with a little vegetable broth or coconut milk. I roasted the jalapeño on the stove to subdue its fiery bite, and because I could not find the pizza sauce that Joye recommended, I substituted tomato sauce. The clever garnish of corn adds a delightful crunch.

Thank you, Joye, and congratulations!

Sweet Potato Soup

For another unique soup with a kick, try Spinach Soup with Indian Spices.

Photo credit: The New York Times and Suma Coop

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