Monday, February 18, 2013

Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup


Well, now Valentine's day is over. We got to go on our hot date after all! It didn't happen until Friday, but it's all good. Nick got a gift certificate from his boss and so we were able to eat more extravagantly than we normally do. I still feel a little porked up.

Feeling a little inflated is actually good for once, because we are getting some insurance underwriting done in a few days and I need to gain a few pounds to be 'optimal'. If I'm not there yet, I'm planning on eating a lot of salty foods and drinking water like it's going out of style.


If you have any quick weight-gaining tips, let me know in the comments. Especially if they're not diet-related because I know I could pound a few cupcakes and be done with it, but I'm fairly limited with my diet for a few more weeks. That Whole30 thing, you know...

This soup doesn't have many ingredients, but still tastes like it's loaded with cream and other goodies. The rich and complex flavor comes from roasting your vegetables and using (hopefully) homemade broth. If using homemade broth and you don't already have some stockpiled, you'll have to do that ahead of time by at least a day.



Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup
Inspired by this recipe
Yield: About 8 cups

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
5-6 cups chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water (homemade broth is always superior)
Pinch of dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Sprinkle of smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place sweet potato, cauliflower florets, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Toss with your hands until the vegetables are glistening with the oil.

Spread on a baking sheet (preferably two) in a single layer.

Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and bake for another 10 minutes. If baking both pans at once, move the top pan to the lower rack and the bottom pan to the upper rack after stirring.

Place roasted vegetables in a high-powered blender and add 3 cups of the broth. Blend until smooth, adding additional broth if its too thick to blend.

Heat over medium heat in a large pot until hot, whisking in thyme, lemon juice, and smoked paprika. Add additional broth to achieve your desired consistency.



29 comments :

  1. This looks sooooo yummy! And gorgeous too!
    You are amazing...

    :)

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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    1. Thanks Crystelle! That's very sweet.

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  2. an easy, comforting soup is always the right ticket for this cold weather. It's been SO chilly here Loretta! It's sleeting outside right now. A fun, bright soup like this would cheer us up right away. I always want soup when I get home from work during the winter! Love these flavors.

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    1. I totally agree, Sally! I want to curl up with a hot bowl and just watch the snow blow around outside. The only problem is that my hubby likes something more substantial, but I'm fine with something simple like this for the most part. Stay warm!

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  3. This is a beautiful soup! I love the combination you came up with---sweet potato and cauliflower. It really sounds wonderful. I am definitely going to have to pin this one and try it out sometime.

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    1. Thank you Julia! It's a really simple soup, but has great flavor.

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  4. It has been so cold and chilly here that this soup is looking awesome to me! I love how bright and delicious it looks!

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    1. It was probably the most colorful part of my day, Jocelyn!

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  5. These photos are gorgeous. I love sweet potatoes and have been looking for new ways to use them.

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    1. Thanks Alysha! One thing I always try to have in my pantry is a whole pile of sweet potatoes. I never get sick of them!

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  6. It's absolutely freezing here today and I wish I had a bowl of this to dive into for lunch!

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    1. We've been pretty lucky so far here in WI. Just one or two cold snaps and that's about it. Thanks for coming by, Alejandra!

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  7. Your soup is just what I need for this very chilly day... I would love it if you would share it with us at my foodie friday party. Come on by:
    http://www.simplelivingeating.com/2013/02/foodie-friday-spaghetti-squash-with.html

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    1. I did! Thanks for the invite, Diane.

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  8. This seems very delicious ... have to try it :)
    Nice blog :)
    Cheers

    Living2Cook*

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    1. Why thank you! I hope you like it if you try it...

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  9. O yummy! I'm making a potato cauliflower soup tonight, but not with sweet potato. I think yours sounds yummiest.
    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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    1. Your cauliflower soup sounds great! Not as brightly colored, but still delicious :)

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    2. It definitely wasn't as bright, you're right. It was tasty though! I'm featuring you on this weeks link party. I hope you'll come on by again

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  10. Just made this for a regular rainy Vancouver day! Cauliflower was on sale so I doubled the recipe- so glad I did, the flavors are so rich and it tastes so creamy. Thanks for the great recipe

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    1. I hate to admit it, Paige, but it's one of the few ways I'll eat cauliflower. It's not my favorite veggie, even though I know how healthy it is...

      I'm so glad you liked it!

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  11. That is some seriously gorgeous soup! Love the color!

    Thanks for linking up to What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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    1. Of course, Karly! And thank you for hosting!

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  12. This soup looks divine. I am always searching for new ways to use sweet potatoes and cauliflower; I don't love either vegetable too much on their own, but I like them with things. This sounds perfect.

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    1. I agree on the cauliflower, LeAndra! But I adore sweet potatoes almost every way they can be prepared. Thanks for your comment!

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  13. I'm making it for my third time right now. It's now one of my favorites! I love it! Thank you!

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    1. You have no idea how happy that makes me! I'm so happy you love it.

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  14. This soup really looks amazing, as do all the other recipes on your blog! I have all the ingredients on hand now, so I can't wait! I have a head of cauliflower and two sweet potatoes that need to be used up soon, and when I googled the two together, this site came up! THANK YOU!!

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    1. Ya gotta love google, right? I love soups like this that are loaded with veggies but don't require a lot of chewing. Especially once it gets cold out! I hope you like it!

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