Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Roasted Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Pear Soup #Thanksgiving Week, Linda Wiken author, @LWiken

I love homemade soup! You may have figured that out by now if, by any chance, you're keeping track of my recipes on Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. I admit it -- soup is easy, nourishing, and tasty so what's not to like.

And it's no different when it comes to building a Thanksgiving menu.  I believe that the right kind of soup makes a delicious starter to any main course this holiday season.

By the right kind I meant none of the hearty sausage and bean type that I so love, but rather, what I'm offering here. A light but flavorful  blend of colorful veggies and fruit that ends up looking creamy and orangey (the color of Thanksgiving) - a  soup that's packed with good taste.

I've adapted this recipe from the internet and maybe even blended a couple. I've made it several times and each time changed up or added something different. I'm sure you'll come up with your own substitutions over time. Please enjoy!

Here's what I used: (it serves 4-6)

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 c. carrots, peeled and diced
2 pears, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp grated ginger
4  tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp  kosher salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme or 2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 tsp smoked paprika
6 c. vegetable broth
2 tsp lime or lemon juice

What to do:

Preheat oven to 400F. Toss in a large bowl the sweet potatoes, carrots and pears. Add olive oil, salt, thyme and rosemary sprigs. Roast for 25-30 min. in a shallow roasting pan, stirring at the half-way point.

While these are roasting, heat remaining olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add onions and cook until tender then stir in ginger, garlic and remaining salt. Stir constantly for 1 minute and then add the roasted mixture, discarding the sprigs of herbs.

Add the vegetable broth, bringing it to a boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the carrots are soft.

Puree the soup in batches in a blender, then stir in the lime or lemon juice.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all your dining family and friends!

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  1. That does sound like a perfect soup for the holiday.
    You list two different amounts of ginger in the ingredients, but only mention ginger once in the instructions. Can you clarify that, please?

    I continue to have trouble with the site being really slow downloading, so slow that is frequently crashes. Is anyone else having this trouble?

    1. I thought I had EVERY computer problem, Libby, but not that one. It might depend on the browser. I think I'd heard mutterings. Hugs. MJ

    2. Thanks for catching the ginger problem, Libby. Don't know how it got listed twice -- I must have been daydreaming. I'll remove the second amount.

      Can't help with the downloading problem, though.

  2. Awesome, Linda! I know because I've had it. Thanks for sharing it! Yum.

    1. Thanks, MJ! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I did and continue to do so. :)

  3. I'm not really that much into soups. But my son is. And this does look good. Have the stuff on hand except the pears. That's easy to fix. They are all flavors we like so it should do okay. Thanks. Della