Saturday, February 2, 2013

Bacon Sweet Potato Soup (Paleo)

I made the most amazing soup ever. It has sweet potatoes in it and BACON! Can't get much better than that! Oh wait, yes you can- it's also paleo. SCORE!

Sweet Potato Bacon Soup

I adapted this recipe from The clothes make the girl


2 pounds of sweet potatoes (2-3 large potatoes)
8 slices of bacon
1 onion- finely diced
5 cloves of garlic- peeled and smashed
2/3 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2/3 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp allspice
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
fresh chives

Makes 8 cups of soup


Start by peeling and chopping your potatoes into large chunks. I had a ton of potatoes, so I decided to cook them all up at once.

After then are peeled and chopped, plop them into a big pot of boiling water. Boil them for about 10-15 minutes, or until you can stick a fork easily into them.
While the potatoes are boiling, start cooking your bacon. I used my George Foreman. When the bacon is cooked to your liking, place them on a paper towel. Save 1.5 tablespoons of the bacon grease. 
Next, I chopped the onion and prepped the spices in a bowl. 
When the potatoes are done, take them out, set them aside, and drain the water. In the same, now empty pot, over medium-high heat, put in the 1.5 tablespoons of bacon grease you saved, the diced onion and all the spices. Stir occasionally until the onion is soft, about 5-7 minutes. 
Then, add the smashed garlic and cook for about 30 more seconds. 
Add the sweet potatoes, broth, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes, just to let all the flavors seep into the potatoes. 
Next we turn it into soup! I don't have a food processor, so I used my blender. Working in batches, scoop some potatoes and some liquid out of the pot and add it to the blender. Blend until smooth.

Once it is all pureed, give it a good stir. Ladle it into bowls, add crumbled bacon and sprinkle with some chives. This soup is awesome on it's own, or with parmesan or cheddar added to it. I think this soup might have been even better the second day.


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