A very nice healthy soup! I started with a 6 quart pan. Mostly made as posted except I reduced the garlic salt to 1 3/4 teaspoons and added another 3 tablespoons of half and half after step 7 to thin the soup. I cut the sweet potato into 1/4 inch pieces and step 2 took 15 minutes for the sweet potatoes to get soft. If it had been grated, step 2 would take less time but I question whether or not it is necessary for the sweet potato to be soft before the simmering? Liked the sour cream added to this. Thank you KellyMac6 for sharing. Made for Please Review My Recipe.