January 28, 2011

Sweet Potato, Pear, and Carrot Soup

Another snowstorm.  Another cold winter's day.  Another perfect day for soup.  I had 3 large sweet potatoes on hand.  But I wanted to find something that would complement it.  So I looked in the fridge and found a glistening Bosc pear.


I also saw some carrots which I decided would be a good addition to the soup as well.

I adapted a recipe from Taste of Home, and it was fabulous.  I will definitely be making this again - snowstorm or not.  But quite truthfully, I'm hoping to never see another snowflake again this winter unless it's a garnish on a soup.  :)

Sweet Potato, Pear, and Carrot Soup
{ Makes: 6 servings; Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes }
Adapted from Taste of Home

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
3 cups chicken broth, divided
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large pears, peeled and sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  1. In a large saucepan or pot, combine the sweet potatoes, carrots, 2 cups of chicken broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile in another large saucepan, cook and stir the pears and onion in butter over medium heat for 5 minutes until onion is translucent.  Stir in 1 cup of chicken broth.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.  Stir into the sweet potato mixture.  Cool slightly. 
  3. In a blender, cover and puree soup in batches; return all to the pot.  Stir in the cream, pepper and remaining salt; heat through (do not boil).   Garnish with slices of pear.  


  1. Wow. Sweet potato and carrot, ok. But bosc PEAR, too? That sounds sensational. Love the garnish, too!

  2. What a unique combination of flavors. I am sure this would go very well with some simple breadsticks :)
    - abeer @ www.cakewhiz.com

  3. mmm sounds like a soup my dad would love... he's a big fan of sweet potatoes. this could almost be a dessert! ;)

  4. Thank you for the comments, ladies! I thought the pear would be a nice touch. But when I googled sweet potato and pear soup, it seems common enough. So much for originality! It was quite delicious, although my boys were not so crazy about the cinnamon/nutmeg but I think it gave it a wonderful flavor.

  5. This sounds just wonderful! I made a squash soup with pear and loved it! And I love the picture as well!!!

  6. What an absolutely lovely soup and presentation! I never would have thought to put pear in a soup, but I bet it adds a wonderfully tasty sweetness to this savory dish. I love the sweet potatoes in it, too. Definitely going to give this a try soon. Thanks for sharing, Rachel!

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