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Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon

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sweetpotatoBrrr… It’s officially winter and the freezing temps mean it’s time for some stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. Potato soup is always a good way to warm you up, but have you every tried it made with sweet potatoes? Here’s a PBS Food recipe that will give you both the comfort and warmth, with a sweet twist.

 

Ingredients
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 stalk of celery, diced
½ onion, diced
Salt, to taste
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium-sized apple, peeled and cored
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
6 slices of bacon
1 tbs of cinnamon
A generous pinch of nutmeg
2 tbs maple syrup
Grated gruyere cheese, for garnish
A couple leaves fresh sage, chopped

Directions
In a large pot, add the carrots, onion and celery along with a generous pinch of salt.
Sweat the vegetables on medium-high heat until they soften a bit.
Add the sweet potatoes, rosemary, apples and just enough water to cover the vegetables.
Add a generous pinch of salt and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
In a separate pan, fry the bacon until it’s crispy, drain on paper towels and then crumble once cooled. Set aside.
Once the sweet potatoes have softened, strain the potato-vegetable mixture, reserving the liquid.
In a blender, puree the sweet potato mixture until velvety smooth and add the reserved liquid until you reach the desired consistency.
Return the soup to the pot and warm it, adding the cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. Season to taste.
To serve, ladle the soup into a bowl. Add the cheese and top with crumbled bacon. Finish with the fresh sage.