Cooking with Sara – Sweet Potato Soup from a Stolen Recipe

by sara on January 6, 2011

Even though I live in Texas and it remains in the 70’s through January, I like to pretend it’s cold somewhere out there and convince myself that it’s still soup weather.  I came across this recipe from Gena’s blog last year when I was searching for ways to use my new Vitamix blender.  The soup turned out incredible and now it’s one of my go to recipes so I thought I would share.  I switched out spinach for kale, used no dates or stevia and forgot to add olive oil – still amazing!

Here are the goods:

Step one: Boil some water so you can steam your sweet potatoes.  While that’s going, peel and cube your sweet potatoes into small, even chunks.

Add those bad boys to the pot then cover with a lid so they can get nice and soft.  It should take about 12-15 minutes.

While the taters are steaming, start adding all ingredients except spinach to the blender.  I think this soup will work in any kind of blender but you may have to adjust the measurements if you have a small blender.  This soup filled up the entire Vitamix (see pics below).

Begin with 1/2 cup fresh orange juice.

Then 1 and 1/2 tsps NaCl (salt you n00bs).

Followed by 2 cups of agua.

Then your spices – 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp curry powder.  I might have gotten crazy and added a little more cinnamon but I like to live life on the edge.

Dash of cloves.

Then add 3/4 of the steamed sweet potatoes followed by the carrots (2), celery (2 stalks) and ginger (about 3/4″).  If you don’t like a stronger ginger taste, use less.  Reserve 1/4 of the sweet potatoes to add back to the soup later for a little bonus nugget.

Here is what the blender should look like.  Unless you have a magic bullet and then you’re too good for this soup anyway.

Mix it up yo!

Once you’ve fully combined all ingredients and you feel like the motor has really been tested, pour the soup into a large pan.  The soup should already be warm from the steamed sweet potatoes being mixed in as well as the blender motor working like elves at Christmas to get the job done.

All gone.

Now add the remaining sweet potatoes into the soup.

Finally add the spinach and stir until the spinach is cooked through and the soup is warmed through.

Finished product.  Like I said, I forgot to add olive oil to the blender but honestly I think I like it better without.  It turned out darker and a little thicker w/o the oil but I thought it turned out great.

This hit the spot.  It makes plenty so you’ll have leftovers for the next few days.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Gena for creating such a masterpiece.

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Larry Hooper January 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I’ve had this soup and I can confirm it is excellent.


Big Meech January 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Cool soup! Or hot soup! I have neither cloves, cinnamon, or curry powder in my pantry! I’m so unethnic =( I have fish sauce though. Honestly I don’t think I would ever make this. Sweet potato soup is so healthy sounding. Bleh! But I like your pictures.


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