Harvest Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

This orange-golden soup is a great way to begin Thanksgiving dinner. If you make it in a slow-cooker, it also frees up the already-crowded stovetop and keeps the soup at the perfect temperature while everyone gathers at the table.

Even if you donít use a slow-cooker, this mouth-watering soup–rich with beta-carotenes and nourishment from tender winter squash and sweet potato and enlivened with a little onion, thyme, and sage–is simple to make and beautifully satisfying.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced
4 cups vegetable stock
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
salt and freshly-ground black pepper

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Transfer the cooked vegetables to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add sweet potatoes, squash, stock, thyme, and sage; season with salt and pepper, cover, and cook on Low for six hours. Or transfer ingredients to a large soup pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 1 hour.

3. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor, or directly in the slow cooker or soup pot using an immersion blender. Taste to adjust the seasonings and serve hot.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Adapted from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow-Cooker, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Robin Robertson. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow-Cooker, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2004).

11 comments

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Thank you Annie.

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

yum

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Love sweet potato soup. Thanks for this healthy recipe.

Linda E.
Linda E.5 years ago

I'll be trying this to get some vitamin A into my family. it looks delicious. Thank you.

Liz Thompson
Elisabeth T.5 years ago

What a wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing...

Mervi R.
Mervi R.5 years ago

Lovely, I love butternut squash!

Jermmy Snape
Past Member 6 years ago

I was trying to decide what to do for dinner and I think I'll make this. It can also be considered as an healthy recipe. Thank you.
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Christine B.
Lynn Christy6 years ago

I'll give this one a whirl... my mom makes a chicken, pumpkin chowder... I would like something without meat... =)