Sweet potatoes, buttery Yukon Gold potatoes, healthy carrots, and warm spices all combine to create a flavorful and savory comforting soup, perfect for cold winter evenings. In less than an hour you can have a pot of delicious creamy soup ready for your family. Round out the meal with a loaf of warm bread. This recipe calls for toasted pecans, a favorite addition to soups and salads. Go ahead and toast more than the required amount, and freeze the extra pecans in a freezer safe container, or zip-top bag. This way, you will have toasted pecans on hand whenever you need them. This is a handy tip for toasted coconut, as well. This creamy soup makes excellent leftovers, to take to work or anywhere on the go. Refrigerate a few individual servings of extra soup in microwave-safe containers, grab as you head out the door, and reheat in the microwave when ready to serve. (And don’t forget to pack some extra toppings.)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (from 1 large onion)
1 cup roughly chopped carrots (3 carrots)
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
7 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons salted butter
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup torn fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion and carrots, and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add sweet potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, salt, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until potatoes are very tender, about 30 minutes.
Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high. Add pecans, and cook, stirring often, until toasted, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Transfer potato mixture, in batches, to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender, and place a clean towel over opening in lid. Process until smooth. (Or process soup in Dutch oven using an immersion blender.)
Top servings with 2 tablespoons pecans, 1 tablespoon yogurt, and 1/2 tablespoon parsley.