Sweet Potato Soup with Basil

Leeks are sautéed with garlic and sugar, then pureed with sweet potatoes in this silky smooth soup. A sprinkling of parmesan and fresh basil contrasts the sweet soup with a salty garnish and herbal finish. This recipe comes to us from Stephanie from The Coexist Café.

Serves 8

  • 1 1/4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 leeks, white ends rinsed and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, minced

Place the sweet potato pieces into a large pot. Add enough water to cover the potatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, uncovered, for about 8 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside.

Place the oil into a separate large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks, garlic and sugar to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the leeks soften.

Add the cooked sweet potatoes and broth to the leek mixture. Let simmer for 5 minutes more.

Using an immersion blender, puree the sweet potato broth leek mixture until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer it to a blender or food processor and puree in batches, returning the sweet potato soup to the pot.

Add the evaporated milk and simmer for 1 minute to heat through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Divide the soup into 8 bowls, top each with a sprinkling of parmesan and basil and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information

Sweet Potato Soup with Basil

Servings per Recipe: 8

Amount per Serving

Calories:  162.1

Calories from Fat:  48

Total Fat:  5.3g

Saturated Fat:  2.6g

Cholesterol:  15mg

Sodium:  136.4mg

Carbohydrates:  23.6g

Dietary Fiber:  2.5g

Protein:  5.5g

Sugars:  5.4g

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