Sweet Potato Soup









Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, halved lengthwise, about 2 large potatoes
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 ounce fresh Parmesan cheese, shaved, about ¼ cup
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves (optional)

Directions

  1. Place potatoes, cut sides down, in an 11 x 7-inch microwave-safe baking dish. Add 1/4 cup water; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Cool slightly; discard potato skins.
  2. Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 1 minute or until translucent. Stir in cumin and red pepper. Add stock to pan; bring to a boil. Place half of sweet potato and half of stock mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters); blend until smooth. Pour puréed soup into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining sweet potato and stock mixture. Stir in salt.
  3. Divide soup evenly among 6 bowls; sprinkle cooked bacon and Parmesan cheese evenly over top. Garnish with parsley, if desired.