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So it’s around this time of year that I start to feel like winter will never…ever…end. Maybe it’s all the snow we’ve gotten or because I’m pushing the stroller through that snow. Or could be due to the icy sidewalk that my neighbour didn’t salt and I fell like it was a cartoon banana peel. All I know is that it seems like this winter has been eternal. And that can really get you down.
I cannot magically make it spring again but I can make soup. And soup is pretty magical. It’s the equivalent of a bear hug for your belly. Soup is the ultimate comfort food.
So I bought a giant bag of sweet potatoes (side-note: I’m loving President’s Choice and their whole naturally imperfect produce thing. So simple, so brilliant.) and set out to make sweet potato soup. It’s crazy easy – going to put the recipe below. But the secret???
This stuff right here!!!! Takes the soup from “meh” to “I am walking in the fall in Central Park in a cream sweater because through the power of this soup I can totally pull that off without spilling ketchup on it.” I can’t even. This stuff is the best!
(Okay, I know it’s just a blend of spices and I could totally make my own… but nobody got time for that. And I just don’t think it would be as good.)
Anyway, this was just what I needed to warm my belly and I also hope that it gets you through the winter too! (The recipe is based on Mark Bittman’s – his cookbooks “How to Cook Everything” and “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” are essentials in my kitchen!
Sweet Potato Soup
- 3 tbsp of butter
- 1 lb of sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly cut
- 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly cut
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 5 cups of vegetable stock or water (I did veggie stock)
- 1/4 tsp of Pumpkin Pie spice mix
- 1/2 cup of sour cream or cream
- Melt the butter into a soup pot on medium-high heat.
- Throw veggies in there and cook until soft. About 15 min, stir occasionally.
- Pour in your stock and let that bad boy simmer for about 15-20 min.
- Add spice mix and stir in.
- Use an immersion blender or blend in sections in a blender – be careful with this! Hot soup + blender has the potential to be a disaster if you’re overfilling it so don’t do too much at a time.
- Stir in cream/sour cream.
- Finally, serve. Make “mmmm” noises and relish in the greatness that life can be.