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Recipe: Two Apples Soup

March 8th, 2012

Studying French while growing up, I never failed to be amused that potatoes – my favorite tubers – literally translate as “Apples of the Earth”; les pommes de terre. And sweet potatoes? “Sweet Apples of the Early”; les pommes de terre doux.

So, I like to think of this recipe as “Two Apples Soup” as it uses 1 apple and 1 sweet potato to form a rich and silky soup.

A bonus; you can easily use this recipe to make a low fat / super-healthy meal, or modify for higher calories like I’ve done for mom this week.

Makes 2 generous servings – you can adjust quantities however you like to make more or less.

1 sweet potato/yam
1 apple (Gala, Fuji, Jazz, or the like)
1/2 onion or 1 shallot
1 clove garlic
2 T olive oil or butter (optional – you can use Pam instead)
1 Qt chicken broth or stock
1/2C milk or cream (optional)

Heat a medium saucepan with olive oil or Pam over moderate heat. Chop onion and add. Chop garlic and add, stir to mix. Sautee for 2 minutes while you prepare the apple.

Peel apple, core, and coarsely chop. Add to pan.
Peel sweet potato and coarsely chop. Add to pan.

Stir to coat, add chicken broth/stock and make sure liquid fully covers the apples and vegetables. Bring to a boil.

Now, choose how you want to season. I like these two options:

1. Southwestern Chipotle – needs 1 small can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Coarsely chop chipotle pepper (1 or 2) and add to pot along with 1 T of adobo sauce. Season with salt and pepper and a bit of cumin or cilantro.

2. Savory/Sweet – add 1T cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and optionally, 1T of brown sugar. Season with salt.

For either option, stir to combine well and bring back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until apples and sweet potatoes are fork-tender. About 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of apples and sweet potato chunks used.

When soup is nearly done, add milk or cream if using and stir to combine.

Using an immersion blender or regular blender, puree soup in batches until silky smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

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5 Responses to “Recipe: Two Apples Soup”

  1. Mary Says:

    LOVE! and I just happen to have a sweet potato and an apple on hand. I’m totally going to make this…thanks for sharing!

  2. Jennifer Crowley Says:

    Oooh, this looks like a good recipe for next week. I’ll have to give it a try.

  3. Jan Hoover Says:

    Two Apples Soup was delicious!

  4. Emma A Says:

    Roomie’s gone vegan- will try this with substituting veggie stock and skip the milk. Sounds great!

  5. Lita Jones Says:

    I just found your blog. Wishing you and your mom well. I love sweet potatoes and apples but never thought of them for soup. I am saving this recipe.

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