Monday, February 14, 2011

Wednesday: Sweet Potato, Ham and Leek Soup

Pin It Now! Soups on!  Who'd have thought a soup this simple would be so yummy!  The flavors are lovely and my girls devour their bowls.  A nice side salad rounds it out.  Make sure to cook the potatoes till they are very soft, they blend better that way.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
  • Olive oil-flavored cooking spray
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham (such as Cumberland Gap)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced leek (about 1 large)
  • 2 tablespoons water (optional)
  • 3 cups refrigerated cubed peeled sweet potato (such as Glory)
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • (5-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Thinly sliced leek (optional)
  • Thinly sliced green onions (optional)
  • 1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add ham; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Remove ham from pan; set aside.
  • 2. Add leek to pan; coat with cooking spray. Cook leek, covered, 5 minutes or until very tender, stirring occasionally. Add 2 tablespoons water to pan, if needed, to prevent burning.
  • 3. Add sweet potato and next 4 ingredients, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until sweet potato is very tender. Place half of potato mixture in a blender or food processor. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Process until smooth. Pour puree into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining mixture. Return pureed mixture to pan. Stir in 3/4 cup reserved ham. Ladle soup into bowls; top servings evenly with 1/4 cup reserved ham. Garnish with sliced leek and onions, if desired.


Click and Cook said...

So yummy and filling. The first time I made it, I used all chicken broth and no water. This time I used chicken broth and a bit of vegetable broth that I had left water. I think it gives it more flavor. We spice it up with some red pepper flakes. Oh, I also doubled the recipe. My girls had three bowls each!

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