sweet potato and harissa soup

with tahini and crispy chickpeas

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped 
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed 
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 2 teaspoons harissa paste 
  • 500g sweet potato (kumara), peeled and grated 
  • 1.5 litres vegetable stock 
  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • baby (micro) shiso leaves, to serve 

crispy chickpeas

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 x 400g can chickpeas (garbanzos), drained, rinsed and patted dry 
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 4–6 minutes or until lightly golden. Add the paprika, tomato and harissa and cook, stirring, for a further 1 minute. Add the sweet potato and stock. 
  2. Bring to the boil and cook for 8–10 minutes or until the sweet potato is just tender. Remove from the heat, add the tahini and stir to combine. 
  3. While the soup is cooking, make the crispy chickpeas. Heat the oil in large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the chickpeas, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 4–6 minutes, or until crispy. Divide the soup between serving bowls and top with the crispy chickpeas and shiso leaves to serve. Serves 4.
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