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Sweet Potato – Lime Soup


  • 3 sweet potatoes, cubed (peeling is optional)
  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 3 slices of ginger
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 2 lime leaves (omit if you can’t find these – they’re available at most Asian grocery stores)
  • ½ cup of water
  • juice of 4 limes or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


Add the stock, ginger, lime leaves and sweet potatoes to a large saucepan or stock pot over medium – high heat. 

Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium – low heat and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender enough to easily pierce with a fork. 

Remove the ginger and lime leave sand remove the soup from heat and blend until smooth, either with a blender or a hand held immersion mixer. 

Return the soup to the saucepan or stock pot and add the lime juice, coconut milk and water; mix well and season to taste with salt and pepper and cook on low heat until heated through. 

Serve hot topped with chopped cilantro.

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