Sunday, April 24, 2011

Flavorful Sweet Potato Soup

The spring in the Northwest is fickle.  We had lovely weather yesterday: sunny, 70s, beautiful.  Today we were back to rain and the low-50s.  It was a good soup day.

Every Sunday evening I make dinner in a large enough quantity that Honey and I have leftovers to take as lunches throughout the week.  Since we had plenty of potatoes and a few sweet potatoes, I decided that it was time to make a potato soup.  It had been a while, and I was getting a bit bored with bean or lentil soups.  After spending some time at a potato soup recipe website, I created my own version of a soup based on several that I found there.

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4lbs sweet potatoes (or yams), chopped (into bite-sized bits)
  • 2lbs potatoes, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 2 bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 3 jalepenos, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2" ginger, grated
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 TBSP red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. hot New Mexican red chili powder
  • 1-3 tsp olive oil 
  • 10 c. chicken broth (I use water + chicken bullion)
  • grated cheese to taste
 In a LARGE stock pot, saute onions in oil for a few minutes until soft, then add sweet potatoes, potatoes, and garlic and saute for about five minutes.

Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  When boiling, add the carrots, half of the chopped jalepenos, and the grated ginger.

When the potatoes are cooked (about 20 minutes), remove 1/3 of the soup and puree the rest (I use an immersion blender -- works like a charm!), then add the 1/3 back to the pot.

Add the bell peppers, spices, and remainder of the jalepenos.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Serve soup with cheese, cilantro, and scallions. Easy!

I post my creations on many wonderful "party pages" and you can see the list here on my blog.


  1. Love the sound of this spicy potato soup! Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Saw you at the Round Tuit linky. Love the sound of this soup. Hugs lin

  3. Oh My Gosh! This looks fantastic! I know my hubs is going to love it! And thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Now I'm you're newest follower!

  4. Ok, now I'm hungry for soup! In windy, dry, warm, El Paso, that's quite a feat. Thanks!

    Mrs. Turkey

  5. Fickle is indeed a great word for spring where we live as well! This looks wonderful- I always wish I did more with sweet potatoes!


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