Sweet Potato & Pear Soup Recipe

How much I love vegetable soups at this time of the year. They are great as a warm first course and especially for dinners; so when I discovered this recipe with such wonderful wintery, ingredient as the sweet potato, it went straight to my pending folder. I was struck by the combination of ingredients of sweet potato and pear, how curious and original and what a smooth soup, with a slightly sweet touch that makes it delicious. 

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4


25g butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
750g sweet potato, peeled and diced
500g firm pears, peeled and diced
750ml chicken or vegetable stock
250ml cream
fresh mint to garnish

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until softened but not brown.

2. Add the sweet potato and pear and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes.  Add the stock to the pan, bring to the boil and cook for 20 minutes, or until the sweet potato and pear are soft.

3. Cool slightly and then place the mixture in a blender or food processor and blend in batches until smooth.

4. Return to the pan, stir in the cream and gently reheat, without boiling.

5. Season with salt and black pepper and garnish with fresh mint.