Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Super-Simple Sweet Potato Soup

I'm what you might call a bit of a "late bloomer" when it comes to soup. Growing up, I ate three kinds, and three kinds only: chili (fits in the soup category, right?); my mom's homemade tortellini soup; and Dinty Moore Stew (my dad liked it, so, naturally, I did, too).

French Onion? An abomination. Cream-of-Anything? Not a chance. Tomato soup with grilled cheese? Don't even think about it. 

Which is why it's patently weird that I'm so in love with soup now... 

Or maybe it's not, actually.

Perhaps I just never liked bad soup. (Ignore, for a second, my mention of Dinty Moore Stew, and it's possible that I have a workable theory here.) Truthfully, most of the soup that I was served during my formative years came straight out of a can, which I just couldn't abide. 

Not that there isn't a time and place for canned soup. There might be.

But today isn't it.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Soup

3 c. baked sweet potato (oven roasting directions follow)
1 1/2 c. vegetable broth
1 1/2 c. unsweetened, organic soymilk
salt, to taste
1 tsp. roasted pumpkin seeds
extra-virgin olive oil, to taste

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with foil. Wash sweet potatoes, pat dry, and prick them several times with a fork. Place on baking sheet and bake for approx. 45 mins.
2.) When cool enough to handle, scoop cooked potatoes out of their skin and add to a blender with vegetable broth and soymilk. Add a pinch or two of salt, and blend until smooth.
3.) Taste the soup, adding more salt, if desired. If necessary, add additional broth and/or soy milk to reach desired consistency.
4.) Before serving, garnish each serving with a few pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.


  1. That really looks delicious. If you ever go to Montreal, visit The Green Panther and Aux Vivres. Pure heaven.

    Oh and I found your blog looking for others who love Right as Rain by Pelecanos.

    1. Ah! Thanks so much for leaving a comment - how cool that you found my (very neglected!) blog by searching for people who loved Right as Rain!

      Pelecanos is such an great writer, isn't he? Have you read the other books in that series? They're FANTASTIC... I've been obsessively devouring all of his stuff since the first book I read (which happens to be Right as Rain!).

      Thanks for the restaurant suggestions, by the way. I'm planning to visit Montreal some day, so I'll definitely keep those in mind. Cheers!


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