Dig into a bowl of this Spicy Roasted Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup topped with Chickpeas and Feta for a yummy flavour explosion.
First I should explain how this recipe came about. When I have an amazing meal out somewhere, you would not believe the ideas that then start floating around in my head for new recipes. I'd go as far to say, I have even come home before and immediately started cooking up a new recipe, because I can't get the new recipe ideas out of my head. I think it's my creative side, I am an art graduate after all. I only have to eat one amazing meal and then I have several other new recipe ideas.
Well this was kind of one of those times, although I did wait till the next day at least this time, to make up this dish.
Rewind to the day before - I went out for lunch at this lovely little cafe with my good friend and neighbour. I was drawn by the Huevos Rancheros on the menu - not quite Slimming friendly, but it just had to be tried. Tortillas, quinoa, chorizo, salad, feta and yummy Sunny Side up eggs. It really was an amazing dish and I came away and near enough drove myself mad with all the ideas I had for some new recipes.
One of those ideas was this Spicy Roasted Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup.
Nothing really like Huevos Rancheros, so there you can see what I mean about how one dish can inspire so many more, right?
Let me just say this Spicy Roasted Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup is the bomb - you get the lovely sweetness of the parsnip and sweet potato with that little bit of kick from the spices and then of course yummy bites of chickpeas and creamy feta. While this soup would be perfectly fine too with out those toppings. I do recommend making the effort to add those, as they really do all combine together for any amazing dish.
You probably already know how I like to make filling meals out of my bowls of soup if you follow me on Instagram (where I share most of my daily meals). I am not one to settle for just a bowl of soup (I will sometimes, if it has a good combination of protein in it already, but if it is just vegetable, you can guarantee I will be adding some yummy foods to the top to make it more satisfying). Some of my favourite toppings for soup is some sautéed garlic kale, just sprinkled on top or some protein like cooked chicken, sausage or shrimp. You can even add cheese (feta, parmesan, cheddar) whatever you think will compliment the soup you are eating.
The good thing about doing this is, it is going to make the dish much more high satiety and so will keep you going for much longer until you next meal and much more enjoyable too.
You can also use dried chickpeas for this if you prefer, they are much more budget friendly, as you can buy a big bag for pretty cheap. Just add them to a bowl, cover fully with water and soak overnight, then drain and rinse fully. Add to a saucepan cover fully with fresh water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and then cover and simmer for approx 1.5 to 2 hours, the chickpeas will be cooked and lovely and creamy in texture. Of course to save time, canned chickpeas are perfectly fine too.
To blend my soup so that it is really smooth, I use my vitamix blender, these are rather expensive but they do go on sale occasionally and are amazing. It makes such smooth sauces or soups. However any form of blender will do the trick, including immersion stick blenders.
You will be pleased to know this Spicy Roasted Parsnip and Sweet Potato soup would be perfect for freezing too (without the toppings of course). I never got to freeze any of this batch, as it was just too good and was enjoyed two days in a row for my lunch - yummy!!
More Soup Recipes
Looking for some more delicious soup recipes? Check out these:
- Chicken Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup
- Creamy Tomato and Orzo Soup
- Chicken and Leek Soup
- Chicken and Vegetable Soup
- Chicken, Bean and Rice Soup
- Chunky Leek and Potato Soup
- Spicy Sweet Potato, Red Pepper and Carrot Soup
- Asparagus and Sweet Potato Soup
- Lighter Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- Butternut Squash Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons
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