On a cold autumn or winter night, a nice warm soup is the perfect warming food. And this delicious Sweet Potato Soup has been a holiday tradition in our family for years. The recipe was passed on to my mom from an old Danish family friend named Inger, who remarkably will be 106 years old this coming January!
Inger was still hiking and cross-country skiing well past 100 years, and she’s been an amazing role model for many of our family members. So I’m looking forward to making her Sweet Potato Soup this Thanksgiving and giving thanks for Inger’s inspiration to live a healthy life.
Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients and are on Jonny Bowden’s 150 Healthiest Foods (paid link) list. They got a bad rap with the low-carb craze, but they actually have some terrific health benefits.
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
- high in fiber
- packed with antioxidants
- loaded with vitamin A
- high in potassium
- excellent for fighting cancer
So enjoy this Sweet Potato Soup and toast “Skoal” to Inger and to living a healthy, long life!
As a side note, originally the recipe was called “Yam Soup”, however, I recently learned that what we consider “yams” in the US are actually a different variety of sweet potatoes. Yams grow mainly in Africa and Asia and are hard to find in the US except for specialty stores.*
Sweet Potato Soup
- 8 cups sweet potatoes, diced and steamed (wash well or peel as you'll use the steaming water in the soup)
- 2-3 cups apple cider
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1 TBSP curry powder
- 1 TBSP dry thyme or rosemary
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 3 TBSP gluten-free tamari (soy sauce)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- olive oil for sautéing
- Scrub or peel sweet potatoes and dice into small cubes.
- Steam the sweet potatoes and purée in Vitamix or blender with the steaming water.
- Add apple cider to achieve your desired consistency (thicker or thinner).
- Sauté together in olive oil: garlic, onion, curry powder, dry thyme, or rosemary.
- Blend sautéd spices with some soup liquid, then mix together.
- Add white wine and tamari
- Garnish each bowl with toasted slivered almonds
I hope you enjoy this delicious, healthy soup as much as we do! Leave a comment to let us know who you served it to and if they were clamoring for more or for the recipe too!