I like to keep baked sweet potatoes in the fridge for quick meals, but when I was shooting the photo for Monday’s post on Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams I had to cut the sweet potatoes to show the color of the flesh. This ruled out baking so I decided to make a slow cooker sweet potato soup.
I’m quite pleased with the results. My husband, who actively avoids eating sweet potatoes, was even willing to give it a try. He declared the soup delicious and persuaded our daughter – who also claims to be a sweet potato hater – to have some. She grudgingly agreed it was tasty. So I chalk this one up as a winner!
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup
- 5 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 3 large sweet potatoes peeled and chopped
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 cup plant milk (I use rice milk)
- 1 tsp. dried tarragon
- 1 tsp. McCormick Pinch Perfect Salt Free Seasoning
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 6-8 Tbsp. sliced almonds
- sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
Add broth, sweet potatoes, onion, celery, and garlic to a 4-quart slow cooker.
Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours (or until potatoes are soft). *
Turn off slow cooker and add plant milk, tarragon and Pinch Perfect Seasoning and blend 1-2 minutes with an immersion blender until soup is smooth. **
Stir in baby spinach, cover and let sit for 20 minutes until spinach is soft.
Ladle into soup bowls.
Sprinkle each bowl with 1 tbs sliced almonds, sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.
*I make this soup in my 25 year-old Crock Pot. A newer slow cooker may require less cooking time.
**If you do not have an immersion blender, carefully ladle 1/3 of the soup into a blender and mix until smooth. Pour mixture into a warm holding pot and repeat until all of the soup is blended, then return mixture to the slow cooker.
Note: I do not include nutrition information with my recipes because I subscribe to the theories presented in the book Whole and believe we should focus on eating a variety of whole foods instead of counting calories or keeping track of individual nutrients.