Dark Days Challenge: Smoky Sweet Potato Soup

Another quick post, and just in the nick of time for the Dark Days first round-up! I’m prepping to head south for the holiday–New Orleans and Mobile where I’m almost 100% certain it will not be 12 degrees and flurrying/snowing all the time–but I have had to eat a little bit in the interim. So soup, there’s always more soup to be made.

This one features the lovely sweet potato (mine from Walker Community Farms in Giles Co.) with a bit of smokey chipotle to jazz it up. It’s not a fancy recipe, but it’s satisfying, especially during these cold cold cold days, and it’s a great way to use a cheap, local ingredient.

Smoky Sweet Potato Soup

2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into equal sized chunks
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 chipotle peppers is adobo (depending on taste, always start with 1 or 1/2 and then increase the heat)
4 c vegetable broth (more if needed)
salt & pepper to taste

Fill a medium stockpot 2/3 full and add 1-2 tsp salt. Boil the sweet potato chunks until tender, 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat, drain water.

Place the sweet potatoes, the onion, garlic, and chipotle pepper(s) in the bowl of a food processor with 2 cups vegetable broth. Process until smooth, adding as much vegetable broth as needed.

Return to stockpot and cook for 10 minutes, adding salt & pepper to taste, until it’s seasoned properly.

Serves 8.

6 Responses to “Dark Days Challenge: Smoky Sweet Potato Soup”
  1. This looks really tasty! I think I am going to try something like this. :) thanks!

  2. feerlessfood says:

    This looks awesome! I’ve planned to make sweet potato soup countless times and still haven’t done it. Maybe I will now!

    Have fun in New Orleans!

  3. eileen says:

    Well, that answers the “what else goes with these crackers” question handily. I even have viable sweet potatoes in the pantry! Thanks!

  4. Kiersten says:

    That soup is what I need right now; it’s so cold out! I love using chipotle in soups, it adds so much flavor. I have better luck using chipotle powder than I do with chipotle in adobo. I always end up using too much and burning our mouths :(

  5. BitterSweet says:

    What a brilliantly simple soup- Sounds wonderfully warm and comforting. Just the thing that would hit the spot right about now! I have some leftover chipolte waiting for a good use, too…

  6. Couldn’t agree more with the consensus here. This IS a brilliantly simple soup (just five main ingredients!) and with the chipotle peppers an intriguing one too. Thank you for sharing!

    Dan @ Casual Kitchen

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