Sweet Potato Soup with Ham and Leeks

Sweet Potato SoupI love soup on chilly winter evenings. This Sweet Potato Soup recipe is a real winner. The earthy aroma of the sage and garlic will fill your kitchen and have everyone coming in to see what’s cooking. Everyone will love the creamy, savory, and slightly sweet taste of this soup that’s filled chucks of ham and sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B6, which are important for brain and nervous system health. They’re also a good source of potassium and magnesium which help regulate blood pressure and improve heart health.

 

Sweet Potato Soup with Ham and Leeks

Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb fully-cooked ham, cut into small dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large leek, cleaned well and sliced thin (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 3-4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 can chicken broth (about 14 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small can evaporated milk (about 5 ounces)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Garnish (optional):

  • Sour cream
  • Thinly sliced scallions
  1. Put the oil in a pot and fry the ham cubes, stirring constantly, until slightly crispy on the edges (about 5 minutes). Then remove the ham from the pot.
  2. Add the leeks and cook until slightly wilted. Add the sweet potatoes, garlic, sage, chicken broth, water, and evaporated milk. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Place half the soup into a blender (secure the lid by placing a kitchen towel over the top to prevent splatters) and then puree until smooth. Return to the soup pot and add the ham. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish each bowl with sour cream and sliced scallions. Enjoy!

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African Sweet Potato Soup by @Donna_Fasano

This recipe for African Sweet Potato Soup comes from my novel Two Hearts in Winter. My protagonist, Heather Phillips, cooks an international meal for her friends to celebrate the holiday. This soup is served as part of that meal in the opening scenes of the book. There is nothing more comforting during the cold winter months than a bowl of hot, flavorful sweet potato soup. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Soup

African Sweet Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth (store-bought is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup chopped, unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, minced fine

Directions:

1. Add the oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Sauté the onion until golden, about 8-10 min. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon. Stir in the tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrot. Cook and stir for 5 minutes.

2. Pour the broth into the saucepan. Add salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 25-30 minutes.

3. Remove the soup mixture from heat. Using a food processor or blender, blend the soup and peanuts until almost smooth. Return to the saucepan. Whisk in the peanut butter, and cook on medium heat until just heated through. Serve warm topped with minced parsley.

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Sweet Potato Soup

Loss and betrayal have caused Heather Phillips to give up on love. She’s thrown herself into running The Lonely Loon, her Bed and Breakfast located on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland. The “off season” in this tourist town is usually a time of rest and reflection for her; however, DB Atwell, a famous author, arrives at The Loon for the winter to finish his long-overdue novel. Daniel, too, has faced grief, and tragedy continues to haunt him. Once Heather and Daniel meet, their lives will never be the same.

Reminiscent of Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks and culminating in a happily-ever-after similar to the great Nora Roberts, Two Hearts in Winter is a story about learning to let go of the past, about realizing that, though hardship affects us, it need not define us, and about coming to understand and truly believe that beauty is sometimes covered in scars. The human heart has an amazing ability to forgive, to heal, and to hope, especially when touched by love.

Titles in the Ocean City Boardwalk Series:
Following His Heart, Book 1
Two Hearts in Winter, Book 2
Wild Hearts of Summer, Book 3