Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

January 19th, 2015

Sweet Potato Soup 1

It has been quite a week.  Even with a simple kitchen remodel, daily tasks can revert to chaos.  We were able to use our kitchen during the facelift, but because of a leak under the sink, washing dishes was a problem.  I ended up washing dishes in the sink in the garage.  We have eaten simple soups, grilled steaks with baked potatoes and homemade pizza.  This sweet potato soup was one of my favorites.  Not only was it easy, but it was delicious.  When you are in the middle of a project, cooking sweet potatoes in the microwave is a blessing.  Add them to some chicken broth, seasonings, and a quick whir in the immersion blender and dinner is ready.  The bacon, shaved parmesan and parsley is just an added bonus if you have the time.

Florida Kitchen New

Here is a sneak peek of the kitchen remodel.  I will show you more later because not everything is finished.  The contractors were one door short on  the order.  The cabinet to the right of the stove is missing a door.  We also need the contractors to come back to re-adjust shelf heights in one cabinet.  Other than that, we are very pleased with the results.  The cabinets are a shaker style with a subtle bead board panel inset in each door.  To break things up, I requested glass doors in the cabinet over the dishwasher.  I store all of my glassware and cream colored dishes there.   Because we still have soffits over the cabinets, I decided to get creative on top.  I bought inexpensive corrugated metal letters spelling out “Dinner” to add an industrial element to the design.  I already had a “Bon Appetit” sign and black and cream plates on the other wall above the stove.  More later.

Sweet Potato Soup 2

This creamy sweet potato soup came together so quickly, that I thought to myself,” I need to have these ingredients on hand at all times for a quick and easy meal”.  David is not always a fan of sweet potatoes, but this soup convinced him otherwise.  It is thick and hearty.  The crisp bacon and Parmesan shavings complement the whole bowl to perfection.

On another note, hold all of your family and friends close.  We have just lost a dear friend from our college years to cancer.  John will be missed.  My, where have the years gone and why do we have to start dealing with the lose of friends?  I am not ready.

I am linking this to Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm.


2 pounds sweet potatoes, halved lengthwise (about 2 large)
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 cups unsalted chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon salt ( I added more )
6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 ounce fresh Parmesan cheese, shaved (about 1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves

Place potatoes, cut sides down, in an 11 x 7-inch microwave safe baking dish.  Add 1/4 cup water; cover with plastic wrap.  Microwave at HIGH 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Cool slightly; discard potato skins.

Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add oil; swirl to coat.  Add onion; saute 1 minute or until translucent.  Stir in cumin and red pepper.  Add stock to pan; bring to a boil.  Add sweet potatoes and gently mix in breaking them up slightly.  I used an immersion blender to puree the mixture.  If you do not have an immersion blender,  mix half of the mixture at a time in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Return to pan to reheat.

Divide soup evenly among 4 to 6 bowls; sprinkle cooked bacon and Parmesan cheese evenly over top.  Garnish with parsley, if desired.

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11 responses to “Creamy Sweet Potato Soup”

  1. Gorgeous sweet potato soup and beautifully presented too. How handy that you could find the immersion blender during the remodel. So glad you kitchen face lift went well and you only had a few minor problems, although I remember washing dishes in the bathroom many years ago during a new kitchen install and your garage sounds much handier.It looks wonderful and I really like the glass cabinet doors above the dishwasher. A very successful job Penny & David.

    • Penny says:

      Thanks Sam. And thanks for the correction. It was late last night when I was writing my post and I was distracted by the bad news about our friend.

  2. Larry says:

    We all like sweet potatoes, but have never considered it for a soup. Yours looks and sounds delicious. Glad you are pleased with your new kitchen.

  3. Monique says:

    All of a sudden we are faced with ilnesses..disease..loss:(
    Sorry for you..

    On a happier note..the soup and litchen look great.
    LIke Sam..I love the glass fronts:)

  4. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    LOVE your new cabinet doors! They look great Penny, and your soup looks and sounds delicious. I love that there is no cream in it. I will be making this for sure!

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your good friend. Sending you and David hugs.

  5. Susan says:

    My condolences on the loss of your friend, Penny. We haven’t had to face a loss like that yet and I won’t be ready when it happens either 🙁

    I love the new cabinets and the glass doors really add a lot along with your other decorative touches. I’m sure you’ll be happy when it’s totally finished.

    What a delicious soup! The bacon, parm and parsley are delicious garnishes to a lovely soup.

  6. cheri says:

    Hi Penny, your kitchen looks beautiful love the “dinner”. We are going through the same kind of loss right now ourselves, so sorry.

  7. Susan says:

    The color of this soup is spectacular and I know we would love it. Can’t wait to try. Love the new kitchen. Looks perfect for a cook.
    Loss comes more often at our age. I had a dear friend tell me she wakes each morning and thanks God for each breath. She was gone within the month.

  8. Barbara says:

    Never considered sweet potato soup, Penny. Don’t know why as I love butternut squash soup. What a gorgeous color it is, too!
    Your kitchen looks great and I’m so glad it’s gone in relatively smoothly. When I did mine, it was a nightmare. Love the dinner sign!

  9. Kate says:

    I love sweet potatoes….why have I never thought of using them in soup?! Great idea…I must try this out!

  10. Chris says:

    BRB have to go rip out my kitchen……

    Looks great! I have to re do mine ASAP.

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