Cranberry Sweet Potato Soup


The soup which the seniors made in the South Arm Community Kitchen is called Cranberry Sweet Potato Soup. Soup is just great for the colder fall weather. Moreover, most soup can be frozen in small batches for up to 2 months. Reheat the soup on the stove gently and you can have a bowl of hearty soup anytime.

October is the harvest time for cranberries and Richmond is the top producer of cranberries in BC. Cranberry is a superior source of nutrition and vitamins. It is an excellent source of antioxidants which helps to protect against cancer, heart disease and bladder infections. Cranberry juice is also rich in polyphenol content as in red wine which makes it a heart-healthy drink.

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This Cranberry Sweet Potato Soup is a sweet soup with a hint of tanginess from the cranberries. It has a very strong flavour of cinnamon.

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While one team is working on the soup recipe, another team worked on the dessert which is Apple Banana Muffin. I had blogged on the muffin recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 large yam, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 cups low salt chicken broth
  • 1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (optional), recommend to change it to 1 teaspoon as the cinnamon flavour is too overpowering
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • parsley for garnish

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Click on Read More for the instructions to make the Cranberry Sweet Potato Soup.

Instructions

cranberrysweetpotatosup-16-300x200Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and saute for 5 minutes.
cranberrysweetpotatosup-15-300x200Add the garlic and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
cranberrysweetpotatosup-14-300x200Add the yams, cranberries and spices. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until the yams are tender.
cranberrysweetpotatosup-13-300x200You will know the soup is ready when the cranberries start to burst.
cranberrysweetpotatosup-12-300x200Puree the soup in batches in a blender. A hand held blender is best for pureeing soup and the head of the blender can be detached and washed in a dish washer.
cranberrysweetpotatosup-11-300x200Return the soup to the stove.Add the ginger and stir in the skim milk.

Cook on low heat for 10 minutes.

Serve the soup with crusty bread and salad.

One thought on “Cranberry Sweet Potato Soup

  1. I would never have thought to use cranberries in soup, so this is a really great idea!
    And I love here in Langley, and I never knew that Richmond was such a hot spot for cranberries.

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