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Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe

Sweet potato bisque with turmeric

By Karoline Boehm Goodnick Globe Correspondent 

Serves 6

This versatile soup could grace your Thanksgiving table or any weeknight dinner before or after. Sweet potatoes are simmered in vegetable stock with fresh ginger, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon, and apple-cider vinegar. It can be prepared completely in advance and reheated before serving. When pureeing the soup, blend it for longer than you think necessary to achieve the best texture. Garnish the pretty orange bowls with fresh mint, yogurt, and chopped cashews.

2tablespoons olive oil
1onion, diced
1piece (1-inch) fresh ginger, finely chopped
1clove garlic, crushed
2teaspoons ground turmeric
¼teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼teaspoon ground cinnamon
1tablespoon apple cider vinegar
4large sweet potatoes (about 3 pounds), peeled and roughly chopped
7cups vegetable stock
Salt and black pepper, to taste
½cup heavy cream
cup chopped fresh mint
6tablespoons plain yogurt
6tablespoons chopped roasted cashews

1. In a soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, ginger, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add the turmeric, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Cook 1 minute more.

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2. Add the cider vinegar, sweet potatoes, stock, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are very tender when pierced with a skewer.

3. In a blender, working in batches, puree the soup until smooth. Return blended soup to the pot and return just to a simmer. Stir in the cream and heat until the soup is bubbling at the edges. Taste for seasoning, and add more salt and pepper, if you like.

4. Ladle the soup into bowls. Top each with mint, yogurt, and cashews. Karoline Boehm Goodnick


Karoline Boehm Goodnick can be reached at kboehmgoodnick@gmail.com.