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Sweet Potato Soup with Buttered Cashews

From the book Home Made by

Culinate editor’s note: To us, this recipe feels a little freewheeling, but don’t be discouraged by not knowing exactly how much wine to add or how long to braise the vegetables. No matter how you do it, it’s a delicious soup. Also, we’ve had good success blending not just half of the vegetables, but all of the vegetables; it’s simply a matter of preference. Finally, we’ve substituted in vegetable broth with excellent results.



1 onion, diced
2 leeks, washed and cut into rounds
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 garlic cloves, chopped
~ Dab of butter
1 glass white wine
4 cups veal or chicken broth
1 bay leaf
~ Pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste
1 can (14 oz.) chickpeas
~ A few sprigs of fresh oregano


4 Tbsp. cashews
5 tsp. butter
~ Sea salt
1 Tbsp. crème fraîche per bowl


  1. Braise the onion, leeks, sweet potatoes, and garlic in the butter and add the white wine. Blend in the broth as well as the bay and cayenne pepper. Simmer on low heat for 25 minutes.
  2. Remove half of the vegetables from the pan and purée the other half with a hand blender. Replace the removed vegetables and add the chickpeas and a few leaves of fresh oregano.
  3. Serve the soup in individual large bowls, each with 1 tablespoon cashew nuts (briefly fried in the butter and sprinkled with a little sea salt) and a generous dollop of crème fraîche.

This content is from the book Home Made by Yvette Van Boven.

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1. by Teno1010 on Jan 11, 2012 at 1:56 PM PST

Just wondering how many pounds for the sweet potatoes. They come in various sizes. Now that I have purchased a great scale, it would be great to know how much things weight for the recipes.

2. by Kim on Jan 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM PST

Sorry, Sunny, the recipe doesn’t indicate how many pounds of sweet potatoes to use. When we tested it, though, we used sweet potatoes that weighed about 3/4-1 lb. each — or about 2 1/2 pounds total — and had good results. Good luck!

3. by Teno1010 on Jan 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM PST

thanks. That ought to do it.

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