Pink Potato Soup

 
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This pink potato soup is the perfect Valentine’s Day recipe. And although the idea is a bit cheesy and I’m single as hell, I still thought it’d be cute to share. The secret weapon to that gorgeous color is raw beet. Just a few small chunks are all you need to create that pop of pink.

As for the base, it’s creamy, luxurious, and delightfully savory. A few other simple ingredients come together to make this soup rich, velvety and melt in your mouth delicious. Finish this bowl of pretty in pink with large chunks of buttery avocado, fresh dill and watermelon radishes. Not only do they add fun variations of color, the radish adds a peppery note. However, if you can’t find them-totally skip. Not a big deal.

The best part about this recipe is how easy it is! You simply add everything in a pot, blend, pour, garnish and serve. This recipe is a seriously impressive dish for not only that special someone, but any lunch or dinner guest. Here’s what you’ll need:

pink potato soup

makes 4-6 servings, gluten free

6 cups spring water
2 tablespoon rice vinegar
3 cups chopped russet potato, peeled
1 cup raw cashews
4 to 5 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
3 large bay leaves
1 small beet, raw, peeled and cut into fourths
1 large ripe avocado, cut into chunks
1 bunch fresh dill, to garnish
1 watermelon radish, thinly sliced
Sea salt + black pepper, to garnish

1. For the soup base combine the water, vinegar, potatoes, cashews, garlic, sea salt, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, and bay leaves into a large pot and bring to a boil. Once this has come to a boil and the potatoes are tender, remove from heat. Let cool for about 20 minutes.

2. Once cooled, remove the bay leaves and add the mixture to a high-speed blender. Then add in one piece of raw beet. Blend until smooth. Continue this step, adding more beet, until desired color is reached.

3. At this point, you are ready to serve. Or return it to the stovetop until needed. Making this the perfect make ahead of time soup. Cover and simmer on low heat.

4. Garnish with 2 to 3 slices of watermelon radish, ripe avocado chunks, a few sprigs of chopped dill, a sprinkling of Maldon salt, and freshly cracked black pepper.

Enjoy!

-Timothy


TIPS, tricks, and other tidbits

Above is a video for you to watch exactly how to make it! Note that while blending, because the soup mixture will be hot, you want to keep the small feed hole open so steam can escape. Simply use a clean cloth to cover it up so it doesn’t splatter everywhere!

This soup base is a great go-to 'cream of potato soup'. Boiling the cashews with the potatoes makes them blend easily and provides the heavy cream we are looking for. And the possibilities are endless: add roasted shallots and mushrooms as garnishes (which I've done previously in my Instagram gallery- go look). You could add vegan shredded cheese, shiitake bacon, and green onions on top to make it fully loaded potato soup. Or, you could simply serve it with a drizzle of truffle oil and cracked black pepper. Now that sounds good! 

You want to make sure the potatoes are cut into chunks so that they cook faster. This makes the cooking time very short... around 15 minutes max.

Curried Variation

If you have been a fan of MV for a long time, you might notice that this is actually an older recipe that I’ve given a face lift to. It’s true! It originally was a curried potato soup with crispy chickpeas! I still love that variation and I recommend that you try it as well. The results will be a bright yellow soup instead of pink. Simply swap out the beets with one tablespoon of curry powder. To garnish, how about these crispy spiced chickpeas?

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crispy spiced chickpeas

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons favorite spice blend
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon sea salt 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together in a bowl the chickpeas, olive oil, spices, nutritional yeast, and sea salt. Mix well and toss onto a baking sheet. Spread evenly and bake for 30-40 minutes, removing and tossing halfway through to ensure even cooking. Once toasted to desired texture, remove and use to garnish soup or keep in an airtight container for a snack.

You can also use just a mixture of your favorite seasonings for the chickpeas as well. If you don't have access to pre-made Indian spice blends, try mixing dry turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg and clove together. Since the chickpeas are already cooked, you can taste them before roasting to see if you like the way they taste. Just have fun with it!

In regards to the roasting time, I only roasted mine for 30 minutes and the texture was a bit soft- which I liked! The texture reminded me of roasted potatoes. Now, you can certainly roast them for an extra 10-15 minutes to make them crunchy. It just depends on your mood and what you want. Do be careful towards the end- you don't want them burning! 

 

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