Cook's Hideout: Sweet Potato Soup

February 17, 2009

Sweet Potato Soup

My 16 month toddler has just started to get used to real food (not that bland baby food anymore.. yay), he keeps me thinking of what new to make for him. Wholesome baby food website has been very helpful for me with lot of recipes and nutritional information.
I try to feed him the same food that we eat except when I think it is too spicy for him to handle. For cases like that I make a little extra of some of the dishes and freeze for later use. This is one of those recipes that freezes extremely well and comes in handy when needed. This soup is full of yummy veggies-sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips and leeks.

Sweet potatoes – 2 medium, peeled and chopped
Carrots – 1 medium, peeled and chopped
Leek – 1 medium, chopped and cleaned (see how to here)
Parsnip – 1 medium, peeled and chopped
Onion – 1 medium, chopped
Bay leaf – 2
Chili powder – ½ tsp (or to taste)
Brown sugar – ½ tsp (or to taste)
Vegetable Broth (preferably low-sodium)/ Water – 3 cups
Salt – to taste

  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a medium sauce pan; add all the veggies and bay leaf with a pinch of salt. Let the veggies sweat for 10-12 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add water/ broth, cumin powder, chili powder & brown sugar; bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Puree into smooth consistency either in a blender or immersion blender. Pour back into the pan, add half & half, season with salt and pepper; simmer for 3 more minutes. Serve warm.
  • To freeze: After the soup is completely cool, pour into ice cube trays; cover with plastic wrap and freeze until set. Once frozen, transfer them into freezer safe plastic bags and use within 3 months.

This is my very Orange entry to Aparna’s @ My Diverse Kitchen “Food in Colors-Orange”, an event started by Sunshinemom @ Tongue Ticklers.


  1. Nice and healthy baby food idea..The pics are great :)

  2. So not more bland food for you toddler.
    I am sure he loved this soup.
    I too greeze soup. In portions in the freezr bag.

  3. Wow soup with sweet potato sounds yummy. Nice way to store the soup..

  4. That's a great idea, freezing in blocks. Looks great! don't add too much chilli pd though, stomach irritation for the little one! :)

  5. Thanks Madhumati. I'm learning to take better pictures now.

    Happy Cook- I started freezing stuff for my son 'cos of the convenience, so now I've started freezing soups and stocks for my use also.

    Kitchen Flavors - Ice cube trays are very convenient and fozen cubes are excellent for packing for day care. Yup.. I'm from Andhra.

    Hi Asha- Ya.. I make sure that nothing is too hot or spicy for him. But he started to like a little bit spicy.. though I make his food with little heat.

  6. hey ...the soup with sweet potato looks good and is good for our chilling climate here...

  7. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing i can also make for my LO'

  8. Freezing soup sounds like a good idea. I should try it.
    Thanks for participating in FIC Orange.


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