Yam, Ginger, and Basil Soup



  • 2 cups chopped yams (Oamaru Organics)
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 cups stock – chicken, or vegetable
  • 1 onion – peeled and sliced
  • 3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup sliced basil
  • pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Add in the onion, garlic, ginger, and salt and cook on a low heat until the onions are transparent and the ginger and garlic fragrant and sweet.
  3. Add in the yams and cook a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Turn the heat up to medium/high and add in the stock.
  5. Cook until yams are soft.
  6. Blend with a stick blender until smooth.
  7. Finally add in the basil, coconut milk, and cayenne pepper. Less is more with the cayenne, add a little, taste and add more if needed. I use only a pinch.
  8. Taste and season as desired.
  9. Enjoy!

Recipe:  Jamalia Edwards


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