Looking for a warm dinner? Then check out this hearty sweet potato and pear soup. Even if you have the time, this soup will be ready in less than an hour. Take some me-time in the meantime.
Sweet Potato-Pear Soup
Looking for a warm dinner? Then check out this hearty sweet potato and pear soup ready in less than an hour.
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
1 medium stalk celery, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 medium dark-orange sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 lb), peeled, diced (4 1/2 cups)
1 medium pear, peeled, diced (1 cup)
2 cans (14 oz each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
Chopped fresh thyme, if desired
In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion and celery in oil 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
Stir in remaining ingredients except fresh thyme. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until sweet potato is tender.
Into blender or food processor, add half of the soup. Cover; blend on medium speed 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth; return to saucepan. Blend remaining soup. Heat blended soup 1 to 2 minutes or until hot. Garnish with fresh thyme.
For a crunchy texture with this smooth soup, add bagel chips, pita chips or oyster crackers. Adding a green salad that includes beans, tomatoes and a sprinkling of cheese, along with a whole-grain breadstick or roll, makes a satisfying meal.
Calories 180, Fat 2 grams, Saturated Fat 0 grams, Trans Fat 0 grams, Cholesterol 0 milligrams, Sodium 420 milligrams, Carbs 35 grams, Fiber 6 grams, Sugar 17 grams, Protein 5 grams