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Sweet and Spicy Soup with Black-Eyed Peas and Sweet Potato


"Contrasting the flavors of sweet (roasted red bell pepper and sweet potato), spicy (cayenne and crushed red pepper) and earthy (black eye peas) was the inspiration for this dish. Equally tasty whether served hot or cold."
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1 h 10 m servings 134 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Set oven to broil. Brush red bell pepper lightly with olive oil, and place cut-side down on a baking sheet. Place sheet under broiler, and broil until pepper is blackened and blistered. Remove from broiler, and when cool enough to touch, peel skin. Chop pepper into bite-size pieces.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, celery, and garlic; cook until onion is soft and translucent.
  3. Mix in water, vegetable broth, tomatoes, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, and chopped bell pepper. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and red pepper flakes. Add bay leaf, thyme, basil, oregano, and rosemary. Mix in garlic, onion, and mustard powders. Stir in cumin and coriander.
  4. Bring contents to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, covered, until sweet potatoes begin to disintegrate, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and cracked pepper to taste. Stir in fresh parsley, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 134 calories; 2.4 g fat; 24.9 g carbohydrates; 4.3 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 255 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This is a very flavorful, serviceable weeknight soup. For those who think it a bit odd, a similar, sweet potato-tomato soup is very popular in parts of the Carribean. Relying on that experience,...

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Sorry, I'm not a fan of this one. There's too much going on with all the different spices; I think you need to pick a set of spices that compliment each other rather than using a pinch of every...

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This is a very flavorful, serviceable weeknight soup. For those who think it a bit odd, a similar, sweet potato-tomato soup is very popular in parts of the Carribean. Relying on that experience,...

My husband has declared this "the best stew". I used fresh black eyed peas and a fresh sweet potato. Since I used fresh veggies I had to increase the veg broth to 3 cups and I was also more gene...

This was awesome! I did make a few changes:Instead of roasting red pepper, I cut red, yellow and green peppers into chunks and sauteed then with the onions I substituted 1 can of stewed tomatoes...

Wow, so so so good! I followed "Big Rev"s suggestions of reducing the cinnamon, leaving out some spices, sautéing the spices with the onions, adding chicken, and skipping the water and using al...

Beautiful! Thank you Big Rey, for your review, as I took your lead and I'm so glad I did. I used vegetable broth instead of water; didn't have any stewed tomatoes on hand, so used diced, and u...

This sounded strange, but was absolutely great. I was very pleased with the soup, which was easy to prepare, and my family liked it. Made for really delicious lunch the next day after the flav...

This recipe was absolutely delicious! Even my husband, who HATES sweet potatoes, liked it! I did make a few changes, but nothing major. I just omitted some of the spices and, per my dad's sugge...

This was great. To enjoy this recipe, you need to like flavor-intense tastes. I took the advice of other reviewers and cut the cinnamon to about 1/4 teaspoon and it was plenty. I also found more...

I completely agree with the other reviewers - what on earth was up with that huge list of spices? I focused only on the sweet and spicy, stopping after the red pepper flakes, but I did throw in ...