Soups and Salads — By Ben on 05 December 2008
Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Here in the States I have learned to eat a lot of foods that are not very common in Mexico. One of them is my beloved pumpkin. If you have visited this blog in the past month or so you have noticed that pumpkin is an ingredient that I use over and over again for all kinds of recipes. But that is not the only one. I have just discovered sweet potatoes (I didn’t even know there were “sweet” potatoes before). Yes, I had eaten them before at Jon’s mom’s Thanksgiving dinners, but I had never actually cooked one myself.

I bought some last time I was at the store and yesterday I decided to use them for a soup. It turned out very good and this winter I will be experimenting other recipes with them. This is a similar recipe to my spicy pumpkin soup with some changes. Here’s the recipe:

Spicy sweet potato pumpkin soup
Makes 4-6 servings

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 chicken breast or 6-8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and cut in medium pieces
  • 1 small onion, cut in medium pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 chipotle adobado pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • baked or fried tortilla strips for garnish

Preparation:

  1. In a large pot boil chicken breast in 6-8 cups of water, add salt and onion. When the chicken is almost cooked, 15-20 minutes, add vegetables to the pot. Or if you are using chicken broth boil vegetables in it until tender, approximately 20 minutes. Remove chicken breast from the pot and save for something else.
  2. Blend vegetables in batches and return to the pot. In one of the batches blend chipotle pepper and cream cheese. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 7 minutes.
  3. Serve and garnish with tortilla strips.

Inspiration for this recipe:

There you have it. A delicious soup perfect for the frigid temperatures we are having here in Ohio.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(17) Readers Comments

  1. That is one gorgeous soup. It looks creamy and delicious.

  2. Ahhh Ben, everything you make lately is going under my bookmarks. This looks perfect for a chilly night. My friend just made sweet potatoes with chipotle peppers for Thanksgiving and they were sooo delicious; fabulous combination!

  3. What a great sweet potato soup! I really like the cream cheese in it. I bet it was nice and creamy!

  4. This soup looks great, and we’ll have to give it a try. I’m glad you found some inspiration from our recipe!

    Keep Cooking!

    Corey

  5. Thank you so much for responding with the link to your Spicy Pumpkin soup recipe. I do a lot with chipotle peppers so this will be my next soup to make. Looks like a keeper.

  6. Wow….soup looks creamy and yummy….

  7. I saw this recipe this morning, bought the ingredients this afternoon and cooked it right up. Holy cow! Was that the most tasty soup I’ve had in a while! My friend and I are both sick and this cleaned out the sinuses and tasted so good. I plan to make this regularly. Thank you!

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