African Inspired Sweet Potato, Peanut, and Paprika Soup

 

I have been making variations of this soup for nearly 10 years now, after initially spotting a recipe for an African yam and onion soup with peanut butter. The recipe is long gone, but my love for these rich, earthy flavors is still going strong. In this version, sweet paprika, cayenne pepper, and fresh cilantro work together to create a uniquely spicy, flavorful soup. For another variation, try smoked paprika, which lends a smoky, fiery flavor.

What you will need

2 large, orange fleshed sweet potates, scrubbed and split in half, lengthwise

6 teaspoons oilive oil, divided

1 yellow onion, diced

4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1/2 cup creamy salted peanut butter

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup cream

juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 -1 1/2 teaspoons)

1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro, plus extra for garnish

sea salt, to taste

2 tablespoons chopped salted peanuts, for optional garnish

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