Fall is here! Time for crisp breezes, the changing colors on the trees, sweater weather and soup season. Last night I was home alone, and after a long day of bike riding and crafting, I wanted to treat myself to a date night in. Since the weather was so windy yesterday, I was very excited to make soup! It is the perfect warming food that is full of flavor and a great way to get your veggies. At first, I was going to make a simple pumpkin soup, but after searching aimlessly through out cabinets and not being able to locate the pumpkin, I decided on the ready-at-hand sweet potato alternative. It was a pretty simple soup to make, but due to my inexperience in souping, it took longer than expected. This was more of an experimentation process than anything, but I thought the end result turned out rather tasty. Paired with a glass of cabernet, some gypsy violin, and candlelight, I’d say there is a second date in my near future.
This soup only uses a handful of ingredients. The sweet potato gives the soup not only its flavor, but its creamy base. I used almond milk instead of broth to add more creaminess to the soup. Originally since I wanted to use pumpkin, I though cinnamon would be a nice pairing. I thought it would still taste good with sweet potato, but I wanted to add a little kick as well, so the paprika did that. As all my recipes go, this one is full of nutritional benefits as well. Let’s discover what they are!
- Sweet Potato-Sweet potatoes are full of an abundance of vitamin A. One medium sweet potato has over 200% of your daily intake. The Beta-Carotene found in this root vegetable helps fight off diseases and strengthen our eye sight. It also helps ward off cancers. Sweet!
- Almond Milk-Almond milk contains 45% your daily intake of calcium, which is what we need to help support strong bones and teeth. Calcium is also required for allowing blood to clot and to maintain a normal healthy heartbeat.
- Cinnamon-This sweet spice has been linked to healthy brain functioning, boosting memory and cognitive development. Also the mixture of calcium and fiber found in cinnamon can help improve colon health and protect against heart disease.
- Paprika-Having a red color, paprika is full of more good for you vitamin A and carotenoids. It also has iron, which helps support your cell metabolism, resulting in energy production.
Simple ingredients, warms you up, and wonderful health benefits. What more could you want from a soup?
Rustic Sweet Potato Soup with Cinnamon and Paprika
- One medium sized sweet potato
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- Grapeseed oil or Maple Syrup
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of paprika
- Salt to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- While the oven is preheating, peel the sweet potato and cut it into 1″ cubes.
- In a small bowl, toss the sweet potato cubes with either grapeseed oil or maple syrup for roasting.
- Bake sweet potato on a baking sheet for 20-40 minutes until soft.
- Transfer the sweet potato cubes to a blender and blend with 1/2 cup of the almond milk until smooth.
- Transfer sweet potato mixture into a saucepan on medium heat and add the rest of the almond milk, and dashes of cinnamon, salt, and paprika.
- Bring mixture to a boil and then let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Once ready garnish with rosemary or sliced almonds.