Creamy soup is a favorite comfort food in our family during the winter months. Usually it is a creamy potato soup base with various vegetables added in for variety. Creamy potato asparagus soup is amazing. But why should potatoes do all the work? This creamy malanga soup recipe can stand alone as a tasty soup, or serve as the creamy soup base for other soup recipes. In fact malanga can be used as a nightshade-free substitute for potato in most recipes. Though, potatoes are certainly less expensive where we live.
Creamy Malanga Soup Recipe
This creamy soup is the perfect comfort food. It is a great night-shade free substitute for creamy potato soup. And it even works well as a soup base for a vegetable or chicken pot pie.
- 2 roots malanga diced
- 5 cloves garlic diced
- 1 cup celery diced
- 1 small onion diced
- 6 cups water
- 1 can coconut milk
- nira (garlic chives) for garnish
- olive oil or coconut oil optional
- salt and pepper as desired
Saute onion, celery, and garlic in soup pot over medium heat. Use oil, water or broth to saute in as desired. Continue until onions are glassy and starting to caramelize.
Add malanga root to pot and mix together. Continue cooking while stirring to lightly brown the malanga.
Add the water to the pot, cover, and simmer until malanga is soft enough to mash.
Remove from heat and blend soup until creamy.
Mix in coconut milk and return to heat.
Add salt and pepper to desired taste.
Garnish with nira.
For a sweeter taste the soup can be seasoned with nutmeg. We served our soup with baked salmon and cara cara oranges. This recipe comfortably serves 4 large servings.
So what is malanga and where does one find it? Malanga, also called yautia or cocoyam, is popular in the Caribbean and parts of tropical South America. It has a subtle nutty flavor that distinguishes it. And, depending on the variety it may have some different colors of flesh. The malanga we bought was white with purple flecks inside which looked pretty while cooking.
Probably your best chance for finding it will be at a food market specializing in Caribbean foods. Best of luck on your search for malanga! Not easy to find in Northern Michigan, but in the bigger cities, probably not too tough.
We served our malanga soup with salmon and cara cara oranges. Maybe next time a malanga pot pie.
How do you like to cook malanga? Share your recipe ideas in the comments section.