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Curried sweet potato soup with bacon

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If you've seen my recipes on here, you know I like sweet potatoes. I eat them at least a couple times a week!

This is definitely my new favorite: sweet potato soup. I made this soup up a few weeks ago when it was late and I was hungry. It's flavored with curry powder and chilies and BACON. It's sweet and spicy - not the sort of spicy that makes your nose run and your lips burn, but a soothing, warming spiciness. This could be a good recipe to use to convert people who claim they don't like spicy foods. Just don't tell them what's in it. ;)

And if you leave in the red chilies overnight, the sweet potato soup will be even spicier the next day!

Do yourself a favor and go out and buy a couple sweet potatoes right now. You definitely need to make this sweet potato soup.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients:

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  • 2 sweet potatoes cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups chicken or veg stock (or water)
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp chili power
  • 2 dried chilies
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • bacon
  • 1/2-1 tbsp bacon fat
I am using my pressure cooker for this, but you can also simmer it on the stove. I'll give instructions for both ways. :D

If you keep bacon fat in the fridge (like you should!) don't worry about cooking the bacon first. If you don't have any on hand, cook the bacon first and reserve the fat to cook the onions and sweet potatoes in.

I do recommend using stock for this - at least a cup! It really does help with the flavor. I'm using what I've got on hand today, and doing one chicken bullion cube for three cups of water.

Step 2: Dice your onion and cook it with the spices

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Dice your onion finely. Add a spoonful of bacon fat to whatever pan you'll be cooking in. :)

Once it's nice and warm, add in the onions and saute them for a couple minutes. Then add in your curry powder, chili powder, a pinch of cayenne, and two dried chilies. Stir it well so everything's nicely coated.

Turn the heat down to low and start chopping up your sweet potatoes!

Step 3: Peel and dice your sweet potatoes

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Peel the sweet potatoes and then cut them into small chunks. As you cut them up, throw them into the pot with the onions and spices and stir. Continue until all the potatoes are in the pot and coated with the spices.

Step 4: Add the broth and cook!

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Add the three cups of broth/water and stir well. Now we will wander off and let it cook.

If you're using a pressure cooker: cook at high pressure for 7 minutes, then quick release the pressure.
If you're doing this on the stove: simmer for 30 minutes or so, covered. When the sweet potatoes are beginning to crumble they're done! (see the second photo to see how they'll look)

And if you haven't already, cook your bacon while the soup is cooking. :)

Step 5: Mash/blend the sweet potatoes

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I just use a potato masher for this because it's the easiest for me. It only takes a couple minutes!

But if you have an immersion blender (can I come live with you?) feel free to use that - just make sure to take the chilies out first, or it'll be super ultra mega spicy.

Once everything is mashed and blended, check for seasoning. You might want to add a little salt now - I just prefer to leave it out earlier. You never know how salty your stock will make everything. :)

Step 6: Serve!

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Serve the soup in bowls topped with a bit of bacon.

Also good with sour cream and green onions!

This stores well for a few days in the fridge - reheats nicely too. :)
dalvey1 year ago
Made this for the fam when we celebrated Thanksgiving (a little early). Anyways everyone loved it. Thanks!
I didn't use to like soups when I was younger. But I have grown fond of them. This is so delectable looking.

regards,
Randall
www.savorthefood.com
casaubon2 years ago
Thanks for this yummy instructable.

I made this for the WonderWife the other night! It was quick, easy and hit the spot after a cold day (5 degrees!).
msel2 years ago
Its look like Turkish lentil soup, great work :)
maxhirez2 years ago
Oh my-that WAS Delicious! I overate-we have big bowls but one just wasn't enough. I did cheat though-I used canned yams. It probably cut the simmering time down to a third. Also I had a plunge blender like you use to mix protein shakes, which worked pretty well (except it's permanently orange now.) Thanks!
wonderful!!
OddBot2 years ago
This sounds great with Winter approaching, I'm an Aussie living in China where we have deep purple sweet potato (very sweet) and a white sweet potato (mild sweetness). I am thinking of cooking two batches, one with each potato type and carefully serving it into the bowl so you get white and purple swirls.

Now I just need to find the other ingredients..... Can anyone say "cayenne" in Cantonese?? ;-)
This sounds so tasty!
HMice2 years ago
I made a curried CARROT soup before but I haven't tried it with sweet potato. The recipe was very similar, so i can be sure it's great!
Gorgeous, gorgeous picture! I can't wait to try this. We're butternut squash fanatics- with bacon, this seems like an upgrade :)
Bugsley2 years ago
Sounds and looks tasty.
However when using the, Bacon Mirepoix, i.e. Bacon, Bacon Fat, & more Bacon; One must refer to the, Universal Order of Things, the corrected name of this recipe must then be.... Bacon with Curried Sweet Potato Soup.
LOL
zurichko2 years ago
This looks super yummy and yes my immersion blender would make this easier but can I borrow your pressure cooker?
onrust2 years ago
very creative.....looks delicious
that sounds good
how good would this go with pumpkin?
jessyratfink (author)  AussieAnglerGal2 years ago
I bet it'd work great with pumpkin or even butternut squash. :)
great! thanks :)
PitStoP2 years ago
I love fried sweet potatoes. :) Never thought of eating it as a soup. Thanks for the recipe.
Jayefuu2 years ago
*drool* I <3 sweet potatoes too.