On a cold autumn or winter night, a nice warm soup is the perfect warming meal. And this delicious sweet potato soup has been a holiday tradition in our family for years. The recipe was passed on to my mother by an old Danish family friend named Inger who will notably be 106 years old this coming January!
Inger was still hiking and cross-country skiing for the past 100 years and an amazing role model for many of our family members. I look forward to making your sweet potato soup for this Thanksgiving Day and thanking Inger for inspiration for healthy living.
Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients and are on Jonny Bowden's list of 150 healthiest foods (paid link). They get a bad rap with the low carb craze, but they actually have some great health benefits.
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
- rich in fiber
- packed with antioxidants
- loaded with vitamin A.
- rich in potassium
- excellent for fighting cancer
So enjoy this sweet potato soup and toast Inger to “Skoal” and lead a healthy, long life!
As a side note, the recipe was originally called "Yam Soup", but I recently learned that what we consider "Yam" in the US is actually a different type of sweet potato. Yams grow primarily in Africa and Asia and are difficult to find in the United States with the exception of specialty stores. *
SWEET POTATO SOUP
We have shared this delicious sweet potato soup with family and friends at holiday dinners over the years. And it's always a huge hit when many ask for the recipe, so here it is!
- 8th cups Sweet potatoes, diced and steamed (wash or peel well as you use the steaming water in the soup)
- 2-3 cups Cider
- 3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
- 1/2 Cup Onion, diced
- 1 TABLESPOON Curry powder
- 1 TABLESPOON dry thyme or rosemary
- 1/2 Cup White wine
- 3 TABLESPOON gluten-free tamari (Soy sauce)
- 1/2 Cup Almond slices, toasted
- Olive oil for frying
Scrub or peel sweet potatoes and cut into small cubes.
Steam the sweet potatoes and puree in the Vitamix or mixer with the steaming water.
Add apple cider to get the consistency you want (thicker or thinner).
Fry in olive oil: garlic, onion, curry, dry thyme or rosemary.
Mix the sautéed spices with a little soup liquid and mix.
Add white wine and tamari
Garnish each bowl with toasted almond flakes
Hope you enjoy this delicious, healthy soup as much as we do! Leave a comment to let us know who you served it to and if they are asking for more or the recipe too!
* What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?