Sweet potato soup recipe

I love sweet potato.

I have only seen sweet potato in chinese desserts. Never thought it could make a wonderful soup too!

Not too difficult to execute either. Perhaps the only patience required is pan frying the bacon. Pretty easy recipe. One hour only needed to prepare the soup.

Photo credit: http://www.rebeccalu.com

Photo credit: http://www.rebeccalu.com

Photo credit: http://www.rebeccalu.com

Photo credit: http://www.rebeccalu.com

Sweet potato soup recipe, adapted from Soups (published by Bounty Books) :

Serves 3

4-6 rindless smoked bacon rashers

15g butter

half an onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 celery stick, sliced

1 bay leaf

450g sweet potatoes, sliced

140g potato, sliced

700ml chicken stock

75ml water

70ml dry white wine

pinch of grated nutmeg

Salt and white pepper to taste


1) Heat the bacon in a frying pan over a gentle heat until the fat runs, then raise the heat and cook over a moderate heat until very crisp. Using tongs, transfer the bacon on to kitchen paper to drain.

2) Add the butter to the bacon fat left in the frying pan and cook the onion, carrots, celery and bay leaf over a low heat for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently.

3) Transfer the mixture to a saucepan. Add the sweet potatoes, potato, stock, measured water and wine. Bring the mixture to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 35-40 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender. Remove and discard the bay leaf.

4) Puree the mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer to a clean saucepan. Add the nutmeg, white pepper and salt to taste. Put the pan over a moderate heat, stirring, until the soup is hot.

5) Serve the soup in warmed bowls, garnishing each portion with the reserved bacon.


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