Sweet Potato & Pear Soup

READY IN: 1hr 25mins
SERVES: 8-10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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.
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