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The Best Recipe for Potato Soup
Simple Recipe for Potato Soup
I love to make homemade soup! I don't make it nearly as often as I would like to, but it's a process that I rather enjoy. I love knowing exactly what is in the soup because I made it myself and I also love being able to control factors like fat, MSG, cholesterol, and sodium content. Do you make homemade soup? If you've never tried because homemade soup recipes seem tedious, expensive, and call for tons of unusual ingredients, I'd urge you to give this homemade potato soup recipe a try. Is homemade potato soup easy? This version is! It requires just five super simple ingredients and is ready in no time. This soup tastes like a million bucks but I barely spend $7.00 on the ingredients—split four ways, a serving of this sweet and creamy potato soup only costs about $1.75.
If you didn't know, I'm actually not a fan of sweet potatoes but I lovingly prepare them in a variety of ways for my husband. Since he loves them so, I've become a bit of a collector of recipes with sweet potatoes. This recipe is one of the easiest sweet potato dishes I make and believe it or not, this is a dish that I enjoy to eat. Keep that in mind if you yourself don't care for sweet potatoes or would like to prepare this soup but worry about eating it all by yourself because of another sweet-potato-hater in your household. The other ingredients do a fantastic job of turning down the sweetness and in a blind taste test, I wouldn't immediately guess that this soup recipe is made with sweet potatoes.
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What's the Difference Between a Sweet Potato and a Yam?
Over the years, I've noticed many people interchangeably use the words "sweet potato" and "yam." The two food items are completely different from each other and not even related. Did you know that sweet potatoes and potatoes are only distantly related. So then what is the difference? Don't accidentally buy the wrong vegetable when shopping for this recipe.
Smooth and Thin
Rough and Scaly
Ranges from Yellow - Red OR Purple - Brown
Ranges from Light Pink - Dark Brown
Ranges from White - Yellow OR Orange - Red
Ranges from White - Yellow OR Purple - Pink
Based on the differences described in the table above, it can still be very confusing to tell the difference between a sweet potato and a yam. Further adding to the confusion, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) labels orange-fleshed sweet potatoes as yams to distinguish them from paler-skinned varieties. My receipt from the grocery store always says "YAMS RED" when technically they aren't yams at all. So if you're confused, it's okay. This is a very confusing subject! I've included below a few pictures of the sweet potatoes used in this recipe. Mine below have a purplish skin and a bright orange flesh inside.
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The Best Sweet Potato Recipe
Ingredients for Sweet Potato Soup
- 2 Pounds Sweet Potatoes, Microcooked
- 2-3 Scallions, Chopped
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 14.5 Ounces Chicken Broth
- 1 Cup Colby Jack Cheese, Shredded
- Sour Cream, Optional Topping
How to Make Baked Potato Soup With Sweet Potatoes:
- Preheat oven to 425° F. Pierce potatoes with fork and cook in microwave for 10 minutes or until tender, flipping potatoes over at 5 minute mark.
- Place potatoes on plate and slice in half, lengthwise. Using a spoon, carefully scoop flesh from skins and into blender or food processor.
- Reserve approximately 1 tablespoon of finely chopped scallions for topping and add rest to blender. Add half of the broth and process until smooth.
- Transfer blended mixture, cream, and remaining broth to large saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until heated. Stir occasionally.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly divide shredded cheese into 8 mounds, 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly. Bake 5 minutes or until melted and bubbling. Cool slightly and remove with spatula or by peeling paper away. Serve with soup.
Easy Homemade Soup - Sweet Potatoes Soup
Tips for Making the Perfect Potato Soup
- Be sure to measure your sweet potatoes in the supermarket or at home. I often get lucky and grab two that perfectly weigh a pound each. Smaller potatoes will weigh less and therefore you will need to buy more.
- Make sure to poke holes into your potatoes prior to microwaving. This allows steam to escape and ensures even cooking. Holes will also prevent your potatoes from exploding in the microwave. I've never had this happen but I don't think I've ever forgotten to poke holes either. Have you ever had a potato explode? I'd love to hear about it.
- Be careful—potatoes may be extremely hot!
- Make sure your sweet potatoes are completely cooked. A knife should make a very easy slice in step 2. If not, return to microwave for another minute or two. Smaller potatoes will also require shorter cooking times so use your discretion.
- Use clean cooking scissors to cut your scallions (green onions). This is sometimes easier than using a knife if you aren't an iron chef (I'm certainly not). The scallions that go in the blender don't have to be perfect or pretty and scissors will make quick work of them. Scissors will also help create uniform cuts when preparing scallions for reserved topping.
- Is your chicken broth canned? Does it have an easy tab for removing the top? If not, you don't have to remove the entire lid with a can opener. Simply puncture it with a can opener and turn once or twice to create an opening for pouring. Repeat this step directly across from the first puncture. This allows the can to breathe and you'll be able to pour and empty the can more easily and quickly.
- Be careful—cheese crisps may be extremely hot!
- Parchment paper is great for cheese crisp removal and clean up.
Serve French Bread and Cheese Crisps With this Quick and Easy Meal
This soup is perfect for fall. It's easy enough for a quick lunch and special enough for holiday company. If you're on the lookout for quick sweet potato recipes or Thanksgiving potato recipes, this one will satisfy your search and your taste buds. I love to eat mine with a little dollop of sour cream and some freshly-sliced French bread. The cheese crisps are a great addition that look neat and taste great. I always make them with whatever cheese I've got on hand—which tends to be Mozzarella or Colby Jack. What kind of cheese would you use?
Easy Potato Soup With Cheese Crisp
© 2013 Heather
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 12, 2015:
This looks delicious and yummy to make. I would love to make it this year. Voted up for awesome!
Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on January 13, 2015:
Sounds and looks delicious, sharing and pinning
Heather (author) from Arizona on March 18, 2014:
@titi6601-- Thanks! I hope your soup came out great. You'll have to let me know how you liked it :)
titi6601 on February 05, 2014:
I am excited to make this soap. I love sweet potatoes, they are very healthy to eat. Thanks for sharing.
Heather (author) from Arizona on January 24, 2014:
@randomcreative-- Thanks for the visit and comment. I'm definitely addicted to cooking and baking. I hope you get to give this recipe a try. Thanks again :)
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 12, 2013:
You have been killing me with all of the recipes lately! This sounds amazing. I love sweet potatoes and am always looking for new sweet potato recipes. I agree that the cheese crisp serving suggestion is very inspired.
Heather (author) from Arizona on November 23, 2013:
@Seafarer Mama-- Thanks so much for letting me know! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this soup with your family. I love when people take the time to let me know they made something and how they liked it; so THANK YOU! A fresh loaf of French bread sounds heavenly. Thanks for voting and liking :)
@SREEDEVITP-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting. The possibilities are truly endless :)
@sallybea-- Thanks for stopping by and all the kind words. Your soup sounds delicious :)
@Vestanna-- Thanks for reading. If you do try it, be sure to come back and let me know what you thought. This soup seems to taste better and better the colder the weather gets :)
Karen A Szklany from New England on November 23, 2013:
I made this soup last Sunday for my family. We all thought it was delicious and I expect I'll make it again soon! I also made a fresh loaf of French bread to eat with it, along with the baked longhorn cheese patties. There was enough for seconds at dinner time for the 3 of us and a bowl to take to work with me the next day ~ probably because I used 3 potatoes instead of 2. This hub is a treasure, so I voted up and liked it Yum!
Sreedevi from INDIA --Kerala--Thrissur on November 18, 2013:
It is very simple but an be modified to match with one!s taste.
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on November 17, 2013:
I love sweet potato soup, also roasted sweet potatoes with a Sunday Roast. Soups are so easy to do. Today I made a potato and onion soup - spicy and delicious.
Love the images in your Hub too - so bright and vibrant - certainly very eyecatching. The cheese crisps are a great idea.
Thanks for sharing.
Vestanna McGuigan from Topeka, KS on November 17, 2013:
I will definitely have to try this. I love soup and sweet potatoes but have never had sweet potato soup. It's the perfect time of year for soup too! Thanks for posting.
Heather (author) from Arizona on November 16, 2013:
@Beth37-- Thanks for stopping by. The potatoes are micro-cooked in the microwave and the 425 degree oven is for the cheese crisps :)
@Eiddwen-- Thanks for voting and sharing. I'm glad you stopped by :)
@fbesares2-- Thanks. Let me know how you like it :)
@Jeannie-- Thanks! That's great. You'll have to come back and let me know how it goes :)
Beth37 on November 16, 2013:
Oh I went back and read again... ignore me. :)
Beth37 on November 16, 2013:
You're so good at what you do.
Im confused a bit. You said micro cooking, which I assumed was the microwave, but then you said to set the oven to 450. Are you able to set your micro wave at 450?
Eiddwen from Wales on November 16, 2013:
A great recipe to vote up and share.
fbesares2 on November 16, 2013:
Wow, I'm gonna try this at home and at lab.
Jeannie on November 15, 2013:
Super recipe, think I'll add this to my Thanksgiving dinner.
Heather (author) from Arizona on November 14, 2013:
@Glimmer Twin Fan-- Thankd and thanks so much for stopping by. I made a "winter goal" to make more homemade soups this season so we'll see how it goes! Thanks for pinning :)
@MsDora-- Thanks for commenting. You're right-- sweet potatoes are jam-packed full of all kinds of goodness. Let me know how the soup goes if you get a chance to try it :)
@Room of My Own-- Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed the table and hub :)
@Susan Recipes-- Thanks so much for the visit and the kind words. I'm glad you stopped by :)
@purl3agony-- Thanks! I'm so addicted to making, serving and eating cheese crisps lately. I'm glad you stopped by :)
Claudia Mitchell on November 14, 2013:
I'm really into soups this winter and this looks lovely. Now if I could get the rest of my family to eat soup, we'd be good. Pinned.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 14, 2013:
Ever since I learned the nutritional value of the sweet potato, baked potato has been on my favorite list. I'd like to try the soup. Thank you.
Sadie Holloway on November 13, 2013:
Great hub! I love the chart where you break down the difference between a yam and a sweet potato. Great photos, nicely laid-out text. Voted Up!
Susan from India on November 13, 2013:
Wow... Awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.
Donna Herron from USA on November 13, 2013:
This sounds delicious and I particularly like the idea of serving the soup with a cheese crisp. Super yummy!