Sweet Potato Soup – Meatless Monday Week 2

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It is Meatless Monday, the day I attempt to convince my husband that there are meals without meat.  The weather is damp and rainy so it is perfect for soup. A nice Sweet Potato soup (always looking for ways to use sweet potatoes) a little sweet, a little spicy with the ability to warm your bones. 

It also gives me the chance to use my handy dandy immersion blender to smooth it out (if you don’t have an immersion blender you can put the soup in a blender just please make sure to blend in small batches. I know, I speak from experience that too much in a blender is a DISASTER waiting to happen!!! You will find sticky orange residue in places you will not believe!!!).

As I was planning this recipe it suddenly dawned on me that I needed to swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth (it is Meatless Monday).  It was unbelievably difficult to find vegetable broth and when I did find it I cleared the shelf (there were only 3 cans remaining).  Once you bake the sweet potatoes the soup goes together quickly.  I use milk and let the soup simmer as long as possible to thicken it.  Serve with a salad and some bread or biscuits and you have a satisfying Meatless meal.

Sweet Potato Soup
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse

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2 tbsp olive oil
1 ¼ pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium)
1 cup minced onions (about 1 large)
1 ½ tsp minced garlic
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 quart vegetable broth
½ cup milk

Preheat oven to 400. Poke sweet potatoes with fork on all sides and place in a pan or directly on to the oven rack. Roast the sweet potatoes for about an hour, or until the potatoes are fully roasted and tender. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin from the potatoes.

Heat a pot over medium high heat and add the oil. Add onions and sauté until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic to the pot and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the cayenne pepper and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat

Add the roasted sweet potato to the soup and stir to blend. Simmer for 10 minutes, then blend with an immersion blender. Stir in the milk. Continue to cook until ready to serve. (Longer you cook it the thicker it becomes)

Linked to Just Another Meatless Monday, Mangia Mondays, What’s Cooking Wednesday

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17 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Soup – Meatless Monday Week 2

  1. Oooo, I love that you added cayenne to this! Cayenne adds such an awesome kick and flavor to foods. I have been on a soup kick recently and would love to try this one out…especially with my new found immersion blender! So…is the hubby convinced about meatless Mondays yet? 🙂

  2. Thanks for all the kind words!

    uh-oh, I must remember to be careful with the blender. Thanks for the warning.

    Maggie, he's not even close to being convinced but he did like this soup. So hopefully one day he won't mind Meatless Mondays.

  3. Lesson learned for when I finally get an immersion blender. Soups a great way to have a meatless meal. There are so many options out there. My husband still has trouble comprehending the idea of no meat.

  4. It must be a guy thing…my daughtr's boyfriend showed up for dinner last night and thought it "was strange" not to have meat but the soup was ok (he ate 2 bowls:)

  5. Hi Chris, I featured your soup as my favorite from the link-up last week! You win a free month of advertising on my sidebar. If you could just e-mail me your button- benandkelli01 at aol dot com, I will get it up ASAP!
    Also, the link up for this week is live if you want to join in!

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