Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

This is one of my favourite recipes and I am certain it will become a favourite of yours as well!

My Sweet Potato Soup Recipe is easy to make and it is really delicious. My youngest son, Lior, adores sweet potato (yams) and loves everything made with them. I love the subtle sweetness of the sweet potato and I don't like enhancing the sweetness by using syrup or anything else. I like incorporating yams and sweet potatoes into savoury dishes – the combination of flavours makes these dishes interesting and tasty. So I have come up with a number of recipes that have become family favourites – try my Sweet Potato Pie and Bulgur & Sweet Potato side dish as well.

1 onion
2 sweet potatoes, peeled
1 butternut squash, peeled
2 carrots
1 parsnip, peeled
1 potato, peeled
1 cup orange juice
2 tsp. powdered ginger OR 1/2 inch slice fresh ginger, grated
5 cups water OR vegetable broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Cut all the vegetables into chunks and cook in 3 cups water until the potato is soft. Remove the vegetables from the pot with a slotted spoon and place them in a food processor or blender. We'll be using the cooking water so don't throw it out! Process the vegetables until you have a smooth puree. Return the puree to the cooking pot and add the orange juice, ginger, salt and pepper and remaining water. Simmer the soup for another 20 minutes before serving. The soup should be a bright orange colour with a silky smooth texture and an exciting medley of flavours. I often swirl in a dab of creme fresh or cream to each bowl before serving.

Sometimes I like to add a good-sized chunk of fresh pumpkin to the vegetables in the soup base for an even more interesting flavour.

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