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There are few things as filling as warm soup on a cold day. In my efforts to be consistent with meal planning and save money on groceries, I have added soup to the weekly menu. It is one of my favorite meals to prepare.
During the holidays, I was gifted an Instant Pot from my generous Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law. It has changed my cooking. I use it almost daily — cooking quinoa, soft-boiled eggs, homemade chicken broth, sweet potato soup, and more.
I absolutely love it.
Every Wednesday I take my children out to explore in nature. When we get home we are cold, tired, and hungry. So I start work on my soup.
Here is my recipe for Sweet Potato Soup that has been a success every time.
- 2 tbsp butter
- one whole onion chopped
- 3-4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 6 carrots peeled and diced
- 3-4 large red sweet potatoes peeled and diced
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp ground sage
- salt and pepper to taste
Put butter, chopped onion, chopped garlic, and diced carrots into instant pot on sauté. Cook until onions become translucent.
Add diced sweet potatoes, chicken broth, and seasonings.
Secure lid on top and set to "Manual" high pressure for 20 minutes.
When the 20 minutes are up quick release to open the lid and blend soup. I use my immersion blender and it makes the smoothest soup.
Serve. Easiest soup ever.
Some adaptations you may consider is to add more broth or water to make a larger amount of soup. This will make it a little thinner, but you could always add another sweet potato to help with that.
I have also added oregano when I’ve run out of thyme. It still tastes good but I love thyme.
You can also make this on the stovetop. Just follow the same directions listed above and cover.
When the sweet potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, the soup is ready to be blended. Doing it in an instant pot allows you to turn it on and walk away. At the stove you will need to tend it.
I make this soup weekly and my family loves it. I’ve even made it for an unexpected dinner party and it was a hit. What I love the most about this soup is how simple and wholesome the ingredients are.
My seasonings come from my or my friends’ gardens and have hung in my home, giving beauty and peace to my surroundings. My broth comes from the left over chicken bones from the meal before. And I can feel good about the root vegetables I am using to help support local farmers.
I’d love to hear how the soup turns out for you! what are your favorite soup recipes?
From Heather: I’m a Holistic Nurturer. I do my best to create a healthy environment for all to grow and thrive in using sustainable means. I garden and home-educate. I aim to consume less and grow more as a woman. I dabble in herbalism and minimalism. I write for Holistic Nurturhood. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram!