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I've been making a soup that has an onion + garlic + carrot + celery + flour base, and then chunks of sweet potato and potato as well as barley added. I've been spicing it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and basil. Now I want to substitute paprika for the basil. Would that ruin the soup?

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The question in its original form would have been closed as a poll question - we do not accept question whose answer is a list of equally good ideas, see the faq. I know the edit changed the meaning, but else I would have had to close it completely. – rumtscho May 29 '12 at 16:27

Paprika brings out the best in savory flavors. I'd go with something a little hotter to compliment the sweetness of the sweet potato - but not too hot, or you'll loose the regular spuds.

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hmmm. how about hot paprika? – clueless May 29 '12 at 17:17
There is quite a bit of variation in paprika flavor/warmth. If you happen to get a dull batch of the stuff, a little pinch or two of Arbol chili powder fixes it up pretty well. – Wayfaring Stranger May 29 '12 at 21:54

Go for a barbeque or curry: both of those will go well with the veggies you're using. Actually, your best bet is to experiment and try lots of different spice combinations. Soups are very versatile.

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