Cozy Winter Sweet Potato & Thyme Soup – #SoupSwappers

Welcome to the first ever Soup Saturday Swappers. To kick this new group off and start the beginning of the year on the right foot, the first month’s theme chosen by Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm is “Healthy Soup Options.” There’s nothing quite like a healthy bowl of soup, especially at this time of year. I know, I know, you are all shaking your heads wondering if the same girl that just wrote that is the one that you have come to know. While there are a lot of cookies, cakes, deviled eggs, and Southern-influenced recipes that come out of my kitchen, there are also a few healthy ones as well. The great thing about a healthy soup is that you can always add things to it for variety. B.O.B. Bob and I ate this simple yet flavorful soup for several days in a row and each time I added something different to it so that it didn’t get boring. The first day, we ate this soup as is, nothing added. The second day, I added crispy diced ham, finely shredded sharp white cheddar cheese, and roughly chopped peanuts to create this Southern Virginia Sweet Potato Soup, and the third day I simply swirled in a spoonful of sour cream before serving. You can pretty much make this soup into anything that you want it to be. Trashed up or plain ol’ Jane, I’m fairly certain that this recipe will win over your heart and your taste buds. Ingredients:

  • 3 Large Sweet Potatoes, Peeled & Cubed
  • 6 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Coarse Cut Celery Flakes or 1 Stalk of Finely Chopped Celery
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme or the Leaves from 5 Fresh Thyme Springs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Chipotle

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a crockpot on low heat for 8 hours.
  2. In several batches, purée the sweet potatoes and liquid in a blender until smooth.
  3. Eat as is, or add your favorite toppings before serving.

Suggestions:

  • You many need to adjust the salt and pepper to taste in this soup. You can always add seasoning, however, you can’t take it away.
  • You can substitute fresh onions and celery in this recipe if you prefer, however, using the dried version makes this recipe easy to throw together on a weekday morning.
  • This is a fairly thick soup. You can add extra chicken broth if you choose to thin it down a bit.

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Cozy Winter Sweet Potato & Thyme Soup

Cozy Winter Sweet Potato & Thyme Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 Large Sweet Potatoes, Peeled & Cubed
  • 6 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Coarse Cut Celery Flakes or 1 Stalk of Finely Chopped Celery
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme or the Leaves from 5 Fresh Thyme Springs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Chipotle

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a crockpot on low heat for 8 hours.
  2. In several batches, purée the sweet potatoes and liquid in a blender until smooth.
  3. Eat as is, or add your favorite toppings before serving.
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  • This looks really good Colleen! I love all of your suggested add-ins too! I have to admit my eyes kind of gravitated to the list on the right =)

    • I’ll be honest and admit that I usually choose from the right column too Karen!

  • KathyWalker

    I love sweet potatoes but I have never had them in soup…that is certainly going to change. Yum!

  • This sounds lovely, and just perfectly warming and comforting without being heavy!

  • P~

    Gorgeous soup and it sounds delicious. Thyme is one of my favorite herbs. P~

  • Lovely soup! I confess that sweet potato in soup is a new thing for me, haven’t had it yet. Sounds pretty nice, cannot beat the color, and of course sweet potatoes are so nutritious! Great choice!

  • Wendy Klik

    I always love your posts….this time it is the add in lists that made my day.

    • I like the not so healthy side of the list so much better than the healthy side!

      • Wendy Klik

        Me too, no surprise there.

  • I want to take a bowl by the fireplace an curl up.

  • Chrissy Carroll

    This looks wonderful! I’m always looking for new ways to use sweet potatoes so a soup sounds fabulous, esp on these cold winter days.

    • Thanks Chrissy…thankfully here in Virginia we’ve had a break from the cold winter days recently!

  • snehadatar

    What a wonderful way to use sweet potatoe, looks delicious.

  • Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking

    I try to keep sweet potatoes on hand as a nutritious snack, but I think this latest batch is going into soup. Yum

  • You had me at sweet potatoes! This sounds so tasty! Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather Petrey

    It’s cool to see someone think outside the box for a change, instead of just a regular potato soup… A sweet potato soup sounds yummy in this chilly weather.

  • Leena

    Hi Colleen, I’m not going to lie, the “not so healthy toppings” ring a bell to me, but I must admit the “healthy toppings” are looking mighty tasty! Thanks for sharing this sweet potato soup! Keep up the great work!

    • I’m not gonna lie Leena, the not so healthy ones appeal to me more as well!

  • Sweet Potato is my spirit vegetable. I love it’s versatility and the taste. I have to throw this into my Google Keep notes right now, because I love the taste of sweet potato and I love, love, love thyme. Yummmmmmmy.

    • Sounds like you really like sweet potatoes…can’t say that I blame you! They are good straight up as is…and even better when roasted!

  • CHIMEE AHAIWE

    Ok I love sweet potatoes so I am definitely trying this!

  • Tasting Pour/Jade Helm

    This is beautiful and I just love sweet potatoes. Some of those lower cal subs look like they would be just as tasty as the fattier versions. Except for low fat cheese. That is an oxymoron!

    • I agree…I’ll take a 1/4 less of the real cheese and be happier!

  • You always join the best food group things! You really make me want to be a true foodie and test out my skills in the kitchen!

  • Ohhhh yesss I love a new soup recipe, I could literally live off of soups 😍