Soups are usually classed as a winter warmer, unless of course you count Gazpacho. However, in hot weather, when you don't want to eat anything too heavy or rich - this fits the bill wonderfully.
Sweet Potatoes are plentiful, cheap and you can easily feed four people for less than £5 with this simple recipe.
You will need the following ingredients:
Two Sweet Potatoes
One Large Onion
One Red Bell Pepper
Chicken or Vegetable Stock Cube
Large Chefs Knife
Wooden Chopping Board
Pyrex Oven Dish with Lid or Cling Film
Once removed from the microwave, the skin should be easy to remove - simply pinch the skin on one end and peel backwards. Leave the potatoes to cool a little and move on to the onion.
Chop the onion as fine as you can, and add to the saucepan with a tablespoon of olive oil, a teaspoon of ground cumin and a teaspoon of smoked paprika. Sweat the onions until they're soft and translucent & add a pinch of salt to taste.
At this point, add the potatoes and mash them.
Put the stock cube in a jug and add a litre of boiling water. Dissolve the stock cube and add to the pan with the potatoes and onion. Stir thoroughly and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Take off the heat and blend to a smooth consistency with the hand blender before serving.
For a nice finishing touch, grill some streaky bacon until it's crispy, then chop up finely, sprinkle on top and add a grate or two of parmesan and a teaspoon of single cream.