This is a delicious soup with a truly different taste and texture from any other soups I have eaten or made. It is nutritious and healthy for day-to-day eating and is also ideal for dinner parties. Be ready to be asked for the recipe! It reheats well, including in the microwave, and makes a great lunch to take to work. It also freezes well, so it's worth making a large quantity when you make it, so that you have some to freeze. Like most soup recipes it is easy to modify to suit your personal preferences. I first came across the basic recipe in two different Murdoch Books publications: Entertaining: Quick Short Recipes and Bowl Food: the new comfort food for people on the move. The first time I made it, the fresh pears at the greengrocers were not yet ripe and I was impatient to try the recipe! So I used canned pears (minus the pear juice, some of which I drank while making the soup). Because the soup was so delicious using the canned pears, I have continued to use them each time I have made this soup. As a garlic lover, I have so far refrained from adding garlic but with winter approaching - for those of us who are down under - I intend to add some next time I make this soup.
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons butter
- 2 yellow onions, finely chopped
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 4 pears, peeled,cored and diced or 2 (15 ounce) cans pears, without juice
- 6 -8 cups chicken broth or 6 -8 cups vegetable broth
- 1 -2 cup white wine (optional)
- 1 -2 cup Greek yogurt, to taste
- chopped fresh mint or parsley, to garnish
- Melt the butter in a large pot over a medium heat, and sauté onion for 2-3 minutes until softened but not brown.
- Add the diced sweet potato and diced pear, and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
- If using canned pears, only sauté the diced sweet potato at this stage and add the pears later.
- Add the chicken broth to the pot, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 20-25 minutes, or until the sweet potato (and pears) are soft.
- If including wine in your soup, add this in the last 10 minutes while the soup is simmering.
- Cool the soup for about 30 minutes.
- If using canned pears, drain these well, reserve the juice and add the pears now.
- They will help to cool down the soup.
- There is no need to chop the pears as the soup is about to be processed.
- In batches, process the chicken broth, sweet potatoes and pears until smooth in a blender or a food processor.
- Adjust the thickness of the soup so that it is to your liking by adding either more pears or some of the reserved pear juice, or more wine.
- Return the soup to the pot.
- If serving straight away: gently reheat, without bringing to the boil, stir in a swirl of yogurt and garnish with fresh mint or parsley.
- If serving later: refrigerate after processing.
- If taking to work for lunch: take the required quantity of yogurt in a separate container and spoon onto soup after it has been heated in the microwave.
- If freezing: freeze after processing.
- When ready to serve, defrost, gently reheat, without bringing to the boil, stir in a swirl of yogurt and garnish with fresh mint or parsley.