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September 18, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: sweet potato soup recipes


In my first post-college apartment, I painted one wall chocolate brown, and foam mattresses covered in a sort of Scandinavian brown-and-orange print fabric took the place of real couches. While brown and orange aren't my fashion colors, they are definitely my Fall food colors. So perhaps it's the color of sweet potato soups that attracts me just as much as the flavor. If you only think of sweet potatoes as the base that holds up marshmallows, you're in for a revelation when you turn them into soup. And don't forget that sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants and Vitamins A and C. Good taste, and good for you.

Seven sweet potato soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Chipotle sweet potato soup, from Homesick Texan

African sweet potato soup with peanut butter, black-eyed peas and beans, from Gluten-Free Goddess

Leftover turkey and sweet potato soup with black beans and lime, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Sweet potato soup with maple and bacon, from Cookin' Canuck

Curried sweet potato soup, from Not Eating Out in New York

Gingery sweet potato soup, from The Bitten Word

Cauliflower sweet potato soup, from Chez Us

Find more delicious sweet potato soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


Andrea, who writes the wonderful blog Andrea Meyers, shared today's photo: "Each bowl (actually, the blue Polish pottery is a big mug that I use for soup) has a story, but the one that is dearest to me is the black bowl in the basket. It's chamba pottery from Colombia, part of a set of bowls that I purchased when I lived there years ago, and is the traditional bowl for my favorite soup, Ajiaco Bogotano. The bowls are round on the bottom and sit inside those baskets to keep them upright."

If you'd like to share photos of seven soup bowls from your kitchen -- or from a friend's house, or your parents' attic, or an antique shop, or a housewares store, or a school or restaurant -- I'd love to share those photos on Saturdays.

It's easy: send one photo, of seven soup bowls. The bowls must all be able to be used for eating soup (no mixing bowls or troughs, please), and they absolutely do not have to match. Send the largest file your camera will allow; I'll size it to fit. Make sure the photo is in focus (very important). Tell me whose bowls are in the photo, or where you took the picture. If you're a blogger, I'll link to your blog.

That's it. One photo, seven soup bowls. Email to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.


Posted by: candy Nartonis | September 18, 2010 at 07:52 AM

Our first real house (where we were allowed to paint)was painted with one chocolate wall and two foam pads covered in orange, brown, purple and white fabric. Brick and board bookshelves completed the furniture! I loved making soup then and love it now.

Posted by: Karina | September 18, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Sweet potato soup was something I discovered late in life. Now I can't get enough. I'd like to make every soup on your list!

Posted by: Kalyn | September 18, 2010 at 08:15 PM

I was surprised to discover a few years ago how much I like sweet potatoes, and even more surprised at how much I liked it them in soup! All these soups look good to me!

Posted by: Lydia | September 18, 2010 at 08:35 PM

Candy, that sounds exactly like my post-college apartment, right down to the bookcases!

Karina, same here. I never liked sweet potatoes when I was younger.

Kalyn, I wonder now why it took me so long to realize that sweet potatoes in soup are delicious. The combination of sweet potatoes and hot peppers is one of my favorites.

Posted by: pam | September 18, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Every Saturday, I make a note to take a picture of my soup bowls. One of these days.

Posted by: Andrea Meyers | September 20, 2010 at 10:23 AM

I adore sweet potato in soups but for some reason never think about making it. Thanks for sharing all those delicious soups!

Posted by: Alta | September 20, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Yum! Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite fall foods. (wow, cool alliteration right there...)

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