One of my oldest recipes, a healthy colorful soup made with sweet potatoes and leftover turkey. It's like a bowlful of fall color! And it's extra easy to make, there's no need to sauté the onion and celery before adding the rest of the ingredients. Just chop 'em up and cook 'em!
Autumn is upon us. The air is crisp, the sky that shade-deeper autumn blue. The leaves are at their peak, dressed in their fall finery of russet and gold. The leaf tourists are about too, clogging the country roads and stopping for pie and coffee and a small-town welcome along the way.
Here, the mums planted last year are in full flower. I think of their hues as ‘roasted pumpkin’ and ‘pale eggplant’ and ‘fried-egg yellow’. Even in the garden, I’m thinking about the next meal!
My sister made this colorful soup when the family gathered before Christmas last year. The original recipe called for more bacon and 2% milk. It was delicious! I’ve adapted the recipe, to no detriment I believe, to lower the calorie count.
TURKEY SWEET POTATO SOUP
Time to table: 40 minutes
Makes 9 cups
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes (about 2-1/2 cups)
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups canned chicken broth (a 15-ounce can) or Homemade Chicken Stock
- 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- Pinch cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
- 2 cups chopped cooked turkey (leftover or pre-cooked)
- 6 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled (optional but delicious, see How to Bake Bacon in the Oven)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups skim milk
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup frozen peas (no need to thaw)
Combine sweet potatoes, celery, onion, garlic, water and broth in an 8-quart Dutch oven. Add marjoram, thyme and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a slow boil and cook about 15 minutes until sweet potatoes are fully cooked.
Stir in turkey and bacon, let warm through.
Combine cornstarch and milk in a small dish, then stir it slowly into the soup mixture. Cook until thick and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stir in peas and let cook for one minute. Serve and enjoy!
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