The Product of Inspiration

Sweet Potato, Squash, Apple Soup--The Duo  Dishes

We took another class at Hipcooks a while ago–a class all about soup.  We made seven soups in just over three hours, and it was a very mind and gut filling experience.  Although we’ve made soups and stews on our own, we don’t normally fix them just on a whim. This class, like every other Hipcooks class before it, always sends us into a tizzy about what we can make in our own kitchens.  It’s an addiction, you know.  Once we start the brain a-moving, we can’t stop.  It goes without saying that we are very excited by food. When we start talking about food and recipes, it is clear that we are in our own world.  It was evident to others in the class because we spent a third of the session whispering to each other different soup ideas, substitutions and additions that were coming to mind at the time.  We were paying attention to our lovely teacher, really we were, but so many thoughts were running through our heads, we had to let them out.  This one came to mind somewhere between the preparation of a chunky butternut squash and white bean soup, rich cream of mushroom and thyme and the anise-flavored corn, tarragon and sun-dried tomato chowder.

The wintertime is very well behind us, but we are renegades!  If we want soup, we’re having soup.  When we think about one of the most versatile and malleable dishes to make, soup is in the top ten list.  Hot or cold, chunky or smooth, brothy or creamy, savory or sweet…it goes on and on.  This soup combines a trio of veggies and fruit.  Instead of cooking everything down in one pot, we roasted half of them to bring out the natural sweetness and maintain many of the nutrients that tend to seep out during prolonged cooking.  We originally used just two Gala apples and one stick of cinnamon, but we think three apples and two cinnamon sticks would bring out more flavor next time.  Here’s one for Deb’s Souper Sunday!

Sweet Potato, Squash and Apple Soup – Serves 10 to 12
1 medium kabocha squash, cubed
3 large sweet potatoes, cubed
3 carrots, chopped
3 apples, cubed
1 red onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 cups broth (chicken or veggie)
2 cinnamon sticks
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons ginger, minced
3 tablespoons honey
Kosher salt
Olive oil

1.  In a large bowl, toss squash, sweet potatoes, apples, half of the red onion and half of the chopped carrots with the ginger and garlic.  Swirl in a bit of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt.  Roast on two sheet pans in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until pieces have softened and browned.  Set aside once done.

2.  As vegetables roast, mix celery, and remaining carrots and red onions in a deep pot.  Swirl in a tad more olive oil and heat over a medium high flame, stirring to make sure vegetables brown but do not burn.

3.  Once veggies in the pot have begun to go translucent, approximately 5-10 minutes, pour in broth and add cinnamon stick.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover.  Allow to cook until carrots and celery are soft but not mushy, approx. 10-15 minutes.

4.  Spoon roasted vegetables into simmering vegetables, pour in honey and stir just until everything is just incorporated.  Pull out cinnamon stick.  Ladle into a blender or food processor and blend until the soup reaches your preferred consistency.  (Add more broth if you prefer a very smooth, puréed soup.)  Salt to taste and serve with a healthy sprinkling of parsley.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


46 thoughts on “The Product of Inspiration

  1. This looks scrumptious – I think this will be dinner one day next week. Did you use a blender or fp? I have a VitaMix, which I love, but sometimes my purees come out frothy. Maybe I over blend.

  2. I made a sweet potato/apple in my cafe and left pieces of apple and seasoned with a pinch of curry…I got looks, but once they tasted it…hooked they were! I would like a hunk of bread with this bowl!

  3. Can I be a renegade with you? I love soup–even in the summer. And this soup sounds particularly fabulous. You’re making me jealous: I really want to take a hipcooks class, too!

  4. Ooh I love class… and cooking… should definitely look into a cooking class!

    What an intersting combo for soups. I would NEVER have thought to put those together but it sounds (and looks!) really amazing!!

  5. The class sounds wonderful–I love the inspiration you can get from them. This is a gorgeous bowl of soup–I love the combo. Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays! I just got the round-up posted.



  6. I totally know what you mean about slipping off into another world when talking to other food lovers. I guess I’ve always been a bit of a geek at heart, but I think I’m at my geekiest when I’m talking about food.

    Love the combo in the soup!

  7. This looks rich & delish! I have made a similar one…with apple cider in the broth. Note for lazy people: I remove stems/cores/etc and just chop the vegetables and apples a couple times -after cooking down the blender makes it all pretty! I think I would add blue cheese or gorgonzola crostini/croutons!

  8. Your picture of this healthy and delectable bowl of goodness is beautiful and all that I need today. It is snowing like crazy and this would be a welcome warm up!

  9. Your picture of this healthy and delectable bowl of goodness is beautiful and all that I need today. It is snowing like crazy and this would be a welcome warm up!

  10. I’m jealous of your cooking class. Seven soups. I would be in heaven. I love your writing. Which one of you does it. There is so much fun and energy in it. Wished I lived back in Southern California, so we could double date.

  11. Oh My that looks delicious. I am like you both.. soup anytime for me all seasons all varieties. Not a seasonal thing for me, its too delicious and too comforting and I love this creative recipe you came up with.

  12. Ah, I’m a big fan of kabocha, too. Everything about this soup sounds delish, especially the love of food that went into it.

  13. Ohhh I’ve been wanting to do a Hipcooks class!

    I love the sweet/savory combination in this soup. Think I can use the butternut squash I have hibernating in my cupboard?

  14. That’s awesome! My husband and I saw a recipe for green chicken chili on the Food Network and we thought of different ways to make it, we went shopping for it, it was so much fun!

    That sounds like a great class to go to!

  15. I love sweet potato soup but never thought about adding in apples. I will definitely have to give this a shot.

    Never give up on winter dishes no matter the time of year. The house always smells great and the food is comforting.

  16. I agree, I love soup so much I make and eat it all year round. This one looks excellent, Duo and I loved reading about your experience in class. Your bright, happy, enthusiasm really shines through! 🙂

  17. did we get separated at birth or is there some kind of cosmic parallel thing – a – ma – jig or what? Believe it or not – I like soup any old time too!

  18. I love sweet potatoes, adding them to the soup with apple and kabocha sounds like a great idea. Healthy and delicious.

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