Thursday, January 13, 2011

Curried Sweet Potato Soup -- A Warmer Upper

Yet another (beautiful?) snow day here yesterday in Pennsylvania. Single digits. More than six inches of new snow.  It really is beautiful, but after a couple hours of taking care of the horses, cleaning off the cars, shoveling, and a bit of a walk, I was more than ready to curl up by the fire with some comfort food. For me that has to be soup.

Here’s the serendipitous sequence of events – more like a stream of consciousness – that inspired this sweet potato soup:
  • I opened a new carton of non-fat yogurt to strain -- great way to imitate Greek yogurt, cheaply.
  • The foil lid liner had a recipe for creamy sweet potato soup.
  • That reminded me that I had some sweet potatoes in the pantry that were probably past their prime, or as my daughter would say, “Pretty sketchy, Mom.”
  • Soup was on my brain.
  • And I have yet another reason to use the new immersion blender I got for Christmas.
Almost karma, wouldn’t you say?

The result was exactly what I needed to warm me up and keep me content. The original recipe used canola oil and cumin. I used olive oil, added garlic and switched from cumin to curry – and increased the spice from a teaspoon to a whole tablespoon. I decreased the amount of broth from 1 ½ quarts to just 1 because I like a thicker soup, even if it’s pureed. I also had some fresh chives on hand, so I used that instead of cilantro. And I slipped in a couple tablespoons of sherry at the end, too. All in all, just a nice smooth and creamy soup, mellow with a bit of sweet heat.  A perfect soother.  Pretty color, too and not bad on the calorie front to boot.

By the way, it’s supposed to snow again tomorrow.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup
adapted from Dannon

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large sweet onion, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon curry powder
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed, about 3 cups
1 quart (32 ounces) chicken broth
1 ½ cup plain non-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons sherry (I used Madeira)
Extra yogurt and chopped chives for garnish

Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion, curry powder and garlic and cook over medium heat until the onion softens, three to five minutes. Add the broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are very tender. Remove from heat and add yogurt and use immersion blender till pureed. (Or put in a blender, in batches if you need to; then return pureed soup to pot.) Return to stove to warm and add sherry if you want. Top with a dollop of yogurt and chopped chives just for a touch of pretty. Makes 8 servings -- unless you're really cold.


  1. Lovely & simple recipe, there a great recipes on all containers...this looks super

  2. While I am sick of snow, I am not sick of these wodnerful recipes they induce. This warms me, is healthy and makes me .... not too unhappy about the snow.

  3. Jennifurla -- It often happens that a container will at least inspire me!
    Claudia -- I think the best comfort is knowing that there may be three months more of snow but, you're right, three more months of cooking warming things!

  4. I loved seeing the snow...we just have cold rain here in Austin...and I miss my Colorado white! This soup sounds amazing. I love that you found the recipe on your yogurt liner. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe. I hope your weekend overflows with good food, good friends, and love!

  5. Comforting soup..delicious and perfect!


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