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Beetroot, chilli & sweet potato soup

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

I once was given a homemade leaving card from a job which featured a design of 3D cut out beetroots. Should I be concerned that this is the memory I was leaving them with - my weird lunches of homemade soup.

Regardless, beetroot is very good for you, especially if you are training/ do a lot of sport. It contains nitrate, which is proven to enhance your athletic performance?!?! Plus, I think it tastes pretty delicious too.

You need the sweet potato for the soups consistency and to offset the chill heat.

Serve with a handful of chopped coriander and a dollop of sour cream.


Makes 12 portions

For the soup:

  • 3 sweet potatoes

  • 6 beetroots (peeled and diced)

  • 3 red onions (large chunks)

  • 5 cloves of garlic (whole skins left on)

  • 1 big handful of fresh thyme or rosemary

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder

  • 1.5 litres boiled water

  • 2 chicken stock cubes

  • 2 oranges (zest and juice)

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

To serve:

1 tablespoon sour cream or crumbled feta cheese

1 handful chopped rosemary or thyme


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4/ 350°F

  • On a large baking tray season with thyme, chilli powder, olive oil, salt and pepper the sweet potato, beetroot, red onions and whole garlic cloves

  • (Make sure they are really well seasoned for lots of flavour in the soup)

  • Roast in oven for 45 minutes until caramelised around the edges and leave on the try to come to room temperature

  • Using a food processor blend the roasted vegetables together until they form a thick consistency then add the blended vegetables to a large saucepan

  • Boil the kettle and measure out the 1.5 litres of water then crumble in chicken stock

  • Add the water to the pan of vegetables and simmer on a medium heat, stirring well not letting it come up to the boil

  • Add the paprika, orange juice and zest and season with salt and pepper

  • Remove from the heat after about 15 minutes and serve immediately with the toppings of your choice

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