Sunday, 5 April 2020

Sweet Potato and Blackeye Bean Soup

My toes have been cold. I think i may need to get myself some slippers when things return to some form of normality, as the thick slipper socks just ain't keeping my toots warm.  Feeling nippy also makes me hanker for a good bowl of homemade soup, both to warm my hands which are also often cold and for my belly.  

We have an abundance of sweet potatoes in the house, as one of our back up meals during the working week is often Double Potato Feta Bake, so it wasn't that hard to make soup with what we had at home.  I also have a stash of blackeye beans, so something a little more heartier was called for. 
We are eating twice a day, namely brunch and then supper, but sometimes in between we want something light and its a welcome excuse for us to have a lunch break at home from the solitary work, so soup is a good solution.  

This Sweet Potato and Blackeye Bean Soup was a well flavoured soup, not just from the sweetness from the sweet potatoes, but also hints from the other herbs, namely the sage.  I haven't had blackeye beans for a little while, so the soft nuttiness added both flavour and melt in the mouth texture.  On the last day of eating and reheating the soup, the sweet potatoes disintegrated completely. 
I am sharing this  Sweet Potato and Blackeye Bean Soup with Soup, Salad and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen

Other Blackeye Bean recipes
Aubergine, Black-eyed peas, Pepper and Coconut Pot
Baked BBQ  Blackeyed Peas and Rice
Black-Eyed Bean and Lemon Hot Pot
Black-eyed Bean and Squash Stew with Preserved Lemon
Blackeye bean and Vegetable Crumble.
Cajun Blackeyed Peas with Summer Vegetables 
Ginger Blackeyed Peas

Sweet Potato and Blackeye Bean Soup
Serves 4 - 6
100 dried blackeye bens
1 red onion, finely sliced
1 tablespoons olive oil
4 sage leaves
1 bay leaf
1 tablepsoons fresh tyme
Sprig of rosemary
3 medium sweet potoateos, peeled and diced
2 farlic cloves curhsed
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
650ml vegetble stock
Salt and peper to taste
2tablespoonsppons fresh parsley for garnish
Soak the beans in boiling water for 30 minutes. 
Drain and set them aside.

In a medium pan, heat the oil then add the onion and saute with the sage, bay leaf, thyme and rosemary. 
When the onion is soft and translucent , add the sweet pototoes, garlic and optional chilli.
Cook for a few mintues, before stirring in the blackeye beans and vegetable stock.
Simmer for 45 minutes o r until the beans are cooked and the sweet potato is beginning to fall apart. 
Season to taste and serve garnished with chopped parsley.
Adapted from Rachel Demuth Green Seasons Cookbook.  The original recipe uses Butternut Squash


  1. This soup does look like the perfect thing to warm you up. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. Take care!

  2. Sweet potatoes and beans are so perfect together! I love your soup!
    Perfect for this confinment times.

  3. Black eye beans are one of the beans I don't use as often as I might. There's always a few tins in my cupboard, but I don't have a massive list of recipes to use them in. Soup seems like a really nice way to use them. I need to get cooking before the weather turns good and I switch from salad to soup! Any good black eyed bean recipes, send them my way.

    1. Hi Joey, Glad to read that you do have black eye beans in you cupboard, i would encourage you to get dried next time as they do not need soaking overnight.Even though the nice weather has arrived this w/e, i am still making soup as salad leaves are hard to come by at the moment with very little visits to the supermarket, and our seedlings in the garden are tiny at the moment.

  4. This is my sort of soup. I have some black eyed beans that I need to use so I love this and your list of black eyed beans recipes.

    I notice you mention your solitary work - are you linking up with work colleagues a lot or just getting on with your own work. In a week I have spoken to people in my centre who feel very isolated and those who have too many meetings.

    1. Thanks Johanna. Do hope you find a black eyed bean recipe to your liking. Yes, its a bit of both re: work - we are having weekly meetings via technology, we get allocated tasks with deadlines so get on with it. p if I am truthful felt pretty isolated in the workplace, so working from home is not too much of a hardship. Ove the years A little bit of me, has come to enjoy my own company too.


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