Sweet Potato and Star Anise Soup

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This is a delicious and nutrient rich, immune boosting soup, perfect for cold and flu season.

Sweet Potatoes contain many vitamins, minerals and nutrients,  they are very rich in beta-carotene too, this gives them their red colour and it is a major anti oxidant, along with the Vitamin C and B complex, Iron and Phosphorus give them immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also easy to digest due to the high fibre content. 

Star Anise, also rich in Antioxidants, Vitamin A and C are known to help improve digestion and fight colds and flu symptoms along with boosting heart health. 

This recipe Is taken from www.cookidoo.co.uk which is the recipe portal for the connected Thermomix TM5. It is possible to follow the recipe using other powerful/high speed blender/mixer and I have given some basic instructions for non Thermomix users but as I have only made this recipe with the Thermomix they may not be entirely accurate! 


  1. Place nuts in mixing bowl to chop 3 secs / speed 5 transfer to a bowl and set aside.  Non Thermomix: chop in a high powered food processer until roughly chopped.

  2. Place star anise in mixing bowl and grind 1 min / speed 8 scrape down sides with a spatula. Non Thermomix: grind star anise in a food processor or pestle and morter.

  3. Add onion to mixing bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 5 scrape down sides with a spatula. Non Thermomix: finely chop onions and add to star anise in a pan.

  4. Add oil and sauté 3min/120°C/speed 1 Non Thermomix: saute in a pan until soft.

  5. Add sweet potatoes and chop 5secs/speed5 Non Thermomix: chop sweet potatoes into small pieces and add to pan with…

  6. Add water, vegetable stock, salt & pepper, and paprika and cook 20min/100°C/speed 1 Non Thermomix: cook till sweet potatoes is cooked through, cooking time may vary.

  7. Add non dairy milk and nutmeg and puree 1min/speed 4 increasing to 9 Non Thermomix: using a hand blender or a food processor blend tillsmmooth

  8. Divide between bowls, sprinkling with reserved chopped nuts.

To access recipes on the Cookidoo website you must sign up to their membership which is available to both Thermomix owners and non owners. 


January is the perfect time to invest in a Thermomix, up to and including 27th January you can spread the cost of your Thermomix:  0% finance, 12 monthly instalments, nothing to pay till February 2019.

Karen Eccles is based in Haslemere, Surrey and offers free no obligation Thermomix demonstrations in the comfort of your own home so that you experience the full extend of the Thermomix’s capabilities. If you wish to find out more information about the Thermomix or Cookidoo recipe platform or to arrange a demonstration, contact Karen Eccles 07956 511506 or email karen@pilatesfromwithin.com 



50g roasted and salted mixed nuts – I roasted raw nut mix tossed in olive oil and pink Himalayan salt 

1 star anise

1 onion approx. 100g

20g rapeseed oil 

600gsweet potatoes, peeled adm cut into 3 cm peices

800g water

1 vegan vegetable stock cube 

Salt & pepper to taste

½ tsp sweet paprika

75 soya milk – I used oat milk

2 pinches of ground nutmeg