I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are, but in Santa Barbara we’re having an actual winter! Rain! Temperatures in the 50s! I know that sounds mild to lots of people, but I swear I’ve never been so cold for so long since moving here. If you are from one of the even more wintery places in the world, here’s a great cozy soup recipe to warm you up!
Sweet Potato, Paprika and Bacon Soup
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 8�slices bacon, diced (reserve about 2 slices, finely diced, for garnish)
- 2 tsp garlic
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cans chicken or vegetable stock
- Sea salt and black pepper
- Sour cream or creme fraiche (optional)
1.�� Pre-heat the oven to 400� F
2. � Toss the sweet potato with 2 tbsp olive oil, season and roast in the oven for�20-30 minutes or until golden brown and soft.
3.�� Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan. Add the bacon and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until brown and crispy.
4. � Add the garlic and paprika and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the onion and cook gently for 10 minutes, until softened but not browned.
5.�� Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and gently add the roasted sweet potatoes, cook for 5 minutes.
6.�� Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth, and return to the pan.
7. � Squeeze in the lemon juice and season to taste. Top with a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche and a sprinkling of diced, cooked bacon�for an extra kick.