An Easy and Elegant Life Holiday Soup

I’ve experimented with soups lately, especially since getting a Vitamix. Now that it’s fall, soup seems like a right choice for a comforting dinner that’s low in calories and sodium, rich in antioxidants and nutrients. At least until you get to the heavy cream part. Last fall, it was a curried sweet potato soup; this year it is something more suited to Thanksgiving’s groaning board. At any rate, it’s easy enough and with an extra swirl of cream for presentation’s sake, elegant enough for a fall dinner amongst friends.

The Easy and Elegant Life Holiday Sweet Potato Soup.

2 medium sweet potatoes, roasted for 35 minutes in a 350ºF oven.

1 medium sweet onion, peeled and quartered

White pepper to taste

Nutmeg to taste

1/2 cup of chicken stock

1/2 cup of light cream (or heavy cream, or skim milk as you will)

About 20 rosemary needles

2 sage leaves

3 small thyme stalks of thyme leaves (the stalks were about an inch and a half long).

Preheat the oven and skewer the potatoes with a metal kabob skewer. Roast for about 35 – 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Add the other ingredients into a blender, peel the cooled sweet potatoes and add them as well. If you’re using a Vitamix, set the variable speed to 1 and increase to 10. Turn up to High and let it blend for about 8 minutes until steam is escaping from the top.

In a normal blender, liquify the ingredients and pour into a sauce pan, heat through over medium heat, being careful not to let it boil.

Garnish with a few rosemary sprigs and some black pepper, or dot with extra cream. Serve along with a fall salad and some crusty bread. Or start with paté de campagne as we did….

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