Foodie Adventure | Use What You Can Sweet Potato Soup
Alright, so boom! It’s getting a little colder where I live and I was in the mood for soup. I had chilli the other week and that’s always something I make during the colder months. I wanted something different. I wanted to get adventurous and try new flavors together.
I started looking around for recipes and I wasn’t liking what I was seeing so I came up with something on my own. I tried to use what I had on hand to make this soup. Going to the grocery store right now is a little tricky with the empty shelves and soaring prices so I wanted to make something affordable.
I love using my crockpot to make meals because it’s easy and I can do other things as the crockpot does its magic. I’ve never had sweet potato in a soup so I wanted to give that a try. And with this soup, you can add or take out what you want.
This was my very first time making this soup and I want to take you through my process of making this delicious hearty soup.
I prepared the veggies. I like to keep mine a nice size so my kids can see everything they’re eating and pick out what they don’t like. I used two cloves of garlic, one yellow onion, a bag of spinach and a sweet potato. You can add more ingredients if you would like.
The boys helped me to add the seasonings to the pot. I don’t measure but I did a couple shakes of everything. I used garlic powder (this is totally optional), cumin, sage, sweet paprika (but use smoked paprika – I used what I had on hand, salt and pepper. You can use the seasonings of your liking or the ones you have on hand like I did.
So, this is what it looked like when I peaked inside about two hours of cooking. You can totally leave it like this and be done. But I thought I wanted to try something different and have a creamier soup.
I add a pint of heavy cream to my soup and I don’t regret the decision at all. It was so aesthetically pleasing and my kids eat with their eyes so this was perfect. I also cooked some bacon in the skillet and added it to the crockpot at this point. Bacon is expensive right now but I was able to snag a pack for $4.99 and I used it for this soup. But, the bacon is optional. I also decided at this point I wanted to make dumplings to put in the soup. So me and the boys used oil, water, salt and flour to make a dough and added dumplings to the soup.
And boom, the soup is done and ready to eat! I’m so happy with the way this turned out and will definitely make it again. I think I’ll use squash and carrots the next go around just to add more veggies to the soup since the kids loved it so much. You can also add spices to this soup so it has a little kick to it.
So this is a sweet potato soup I created using things I had on hand. I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out but it turned out to be a hearty soup and the family loved it.
Preparation : 15 Minutes
Cooking : 6 Hours
Total : 6 h 15
1 -2 Sweet Potatoes
1 Can or Bag of Corn (Fresh Corn too)
Spinach (Can use Kale or Collard Greens)
1-2 Chopped Yellow Onion
2 cloves of garlic
Half Pint Heavy Cream
You’re pretty much going to find things you already have on hand to make this soup or even go out and buy these simple ingredients. I used a crockpot to make this soup so I could do other things as this cooked.
1. Prepare the vegetables by cutting and chopping the onion, garlic and sweet potato. How you choose to cut this is up to you. I leave mine a nice size so the kids can pick out what they don’t want.
2. Put everything into the crockpot. Sweet potato, Onions, Garlic, Spinach, Corn, Smoked Paprika, Sage and Cumin all go in the crockpot. You can substitute the seasonings to the seasonings of your liking.
3. Let cook on low for 5-6 hours until the sweet potato is tender.
4. Prepare bacon in a skillet and add to crockpot two hours in or right away. We added it towards the end.
5. You can also add dumplings to this soup as well. We used a simple recipe of water, oil, salt and flour for the dumplings. We don’t measure so I advise looking up another recipe for dumplings.
6. Once you add dumplings and bacon to the crockpot and the sweet potato is tender, the soup is ready to eat.
7. Serve and enjoy.