Sweet Potato-Pear Soup

Looking for a warm dinner? Then check out this hearty sweet potato and pear soup ready in less than an hour.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 5

2
teaspoons canola oil
1
small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
1
medium stalk celery, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/2
cup apple juice
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2
teaspoon paprika
3
medium dark-orange sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 lb), peeled, diced (4 1/2 cups)
1
medium pear, peeled, diced (1 cup)
2
cans (14 oz each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
Chopped fresh thyme, if desired

  • 1 In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion and celery in oil 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  • 2 Stir in remaining ingredients except fresh thyme. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until sweet potato is tender.
  • 3 Into blender or food processor, add half of the soup. Cover; blend on medium speed 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth; return to saucepan. Blend remaining soup. Heat blended soup 1 to 2 minutes or until hot. Garnish with fresh thyme.

Expert Tips

For a crunchy texture with this smooth soup, add bagel chips, pita chips or oyster crackers. Adding a green salad that includes beans, tomatoes and a sprinkling of cheese, along with a whole-grain breadstick or roll, makes a satisfying meal.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
180
(
Calories from Fat
20),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2g
2%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
420mg
420%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
  Sugars
17g
17%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
470%;
Vitamin C
25%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.