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Creamy Spiced Sweet Potato and Leek Soup

January 25, 2014

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Potato soup is a classic winter dish. It’s creamy, filling, and delicious. The only problem is that it’s usually high in calories and doesn’t have the most nutritious ingredients. I decided to take this classic dish and put a healthy spin on it that doesn’t compromise the comforting taste.

When you’re looking for a classic dish, who better to turn to than Julia Child herself? I took her recipe for Potato Leek Soup and swapped some of the unhealthy ingredients like potatoes and heavy cream for nutritious alternatives like sweet potatoes and coconut milk! I also added in a generous amount of spices to heat up the flavor and keep your immune system in great shape.

Sweet Potato Leek Soup

Adapted from Julia Child’s Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek Soup) in Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 large leeks, cleaned and roughly sliced (Tip: to clean a leek, chop it into ¼ inch slices, and soak them for 2 minutes in a bowl of cold water)
  • 3 cups organic vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ cup canned organic coconut milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley 

Instructions

  1. Over medium-high heat, heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot or Dutch oven (6+ quart). Add the potatoes and leeks and cook until leeks are translucent and potatoes are slightly tender, about 5 minutes .
  2. Pour in the vegetable stock, water, and spices. Stir to combine, and then cover the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.
  3. Using an immersion blender, puree all of the soup until it is smooth. This can also be done in batches in a standing blender.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk, and stir to combine.
  5. Taste soup and adjust salt and pepper as needed .
  6. Garnish with chopped, fresh parsley before serving.

Do you have any healthy versions of classic recipes? We would love to hear what they are! Just share in the comments below.