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Sweet Potato, Tomato and Quinoa Soup (and Happy Birthday Olivia!)

Sweet Potato, Tomato and Quinoa  Soup

In the Rocky Mountains, Winter = Soup. Well, at my house anyway. This is one of our favorites and I think it’s a soup that will appeal to both vegans and omnivores alike (well, at least those who like soup!). I know this because I once made it for my stepfather who is not only not vegan, but is opposed to eating vegetables in general, and he liked it. He may have even uttered the phrase “That was vegan?”, so there you have it.

This is a very creamy soup, high in protein. I mix a lot of quinoa in mine, but to keep it smoother you could certainly use less. Either way, I highly recommend serving with chunks of crusty bread, slathered in Earth Balance!

Also, we have another birthday to celebrate at the TWV house! Our darling kitty cat Olivia turned 11 yesterday! Happy Birthday Olivia! Olivia, who also answers to “Squishie Kitty”, made her way into our hearts and home on December 15, 2008 after living in a feral colony for at least 4 years. Her age, like that of many rescue pets, is a guess, but what we know for sure is that she had a family before, because she’s been extremely affectionate since the day she arrived. The colony she was living in was made up of more than 100 cats (mostly abandoned by former residents of the trailer park, and their off-spring), a couple of pit bulls and (true story!) a fox or two! Well, the dogs had homes, and the fox lived in the woods of course, but they all came out for feeding time, and ate together nicely. This colony is actually pretty well known in our area for these kinds of stories.  There are wonderful people watching over the colony, feeding them and doing TNR (our Olivia has the snipped ear to prove it!). One of them trapped Olivia and brought her to our house ahead of a nasty cold snap. She had noticed how affection Miss O had been, and couldn’t stand the thought of her being outside anymore. Once I heard about her, neither could I!

And though she’s the littlest member of our family, we don’t think she knows it. She has the biggest personality and makes sure every one knows she’s in charge!

Thank you again for indulging my sentimentality. I promise there are no more pet birthdays until February 🙂


Sweet Potato, Tomato and Quinoa Soup
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  2. 1 clove garlic, diced or minced
  3. 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  4. 14 oz can chopped tomatoes
  5. 2-3 cups veggie stock or broth
  6. 2 cups cooked quinoa
  7. Olive oil if desired
  8. S&P to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large soup or stock pan, saute the onions and garlic in water or olive oil for 4-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, potatoes and enough broth to cover. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are soft (15-20 minutes depending on their size). Blend until smooth using an immersion or stick blender, adding more broth if needed to thin it out. Stir in the cooked quinoa and serve hot!
Notes
  1. You'll want an immersion blender for this, although you could also use a regular blender in a pinch (I have!). If you go with the immersion method, you'll also want to use a pan with high sides so you don't get any splashing. The veggies can all be roughly chopped, just keep in mind that the smaller the potato pieces, the faster they'll cook.
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  • Hannah (BitterSweet) December 16, 2011, 8:02 am

    Wow, you could have fooled me- That soup looks so incredibly creamy, I thought for sure there would be coconut milk or something equally rich enhancing it! Now I’ve got to try this recipe.

    • Barb December 16, 2011, 8:13 am

      It’s amazing how creamy the immersion blender can make just about anything, and I love the way it allows you to skip the high-calorie, high-fat “creamy” ingredients.

  • Kristen-vanillabeanvegan December 16, 2011, 9:55 am

    Let me say the cheesecake sopapillas, from yesterdays post were amazing i tried them last night!! and I have 3 sweet potatoes in my fridge that need used up will have to try this for dinner tonight, Thanks 🙂

    • Barb December 16, 2011, 10:21 am

      Thanks for letting me know about the sopas, I’m happy you liked them! Let me know how the soup turns out.

  • Bianca- Vegan Crunk December 16, 2011, 11:29 am

    Happy birthday, Squishie Kitty!!! What a cutie! And that soup looks amazing.

  • Reia December 17, 2011, 4:06 pm

    I love quinoa. I love tomato soup. I never thought to combine them. This sounds like the perfect fireside, curl up on the couch and watch a good movie with a glass of wine dinner. I’ll be making this tomorrow night for sure. And Happy Birthday Olivia-Squish! You are the queen of your castle, that’s for sure!

  • Reia December 18, 2011, 7:51 pm

    I made this tonight, and it was so good! Very healthy, but still with a wonderful tomato flavor. I added a little salt and lemon juice to the quinoa for a little burst of flavor, and it worked well.

    • Barb December 19, 2011, 7:21 am

      What a good idea! I’m glad you guys enjoyed it!

  • Heather December 21, 2011, 6:51 am

    Here, in New Hampshire Winters = Soups & Stews too!

    This is such a unique, but simple soup recipe – I love it!

    ….I also love when people say ” no, that was vegan? – really!”

    • Barb December 21, 2011, 6:57 am

      Why, hello NH! That’s actually where I grew up 🙂 I’m glad to hear you like the recipe, it’s really one of my favorites.

  • Shelley September 19, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Wow! An absolutely wonderful soup. I didn’t puree all of it, leaving chunks of potato and tomato. Served it with spinach quesadillas. What a fantastic duo! Thanks for this recipe. I can’t wait to try more. I just found this sight, so glad I did!

    • Barb September 19, 2012, 1:28 pm

      What a great update to the old “grilled cheese and tomato soup”!!

  • Becca J February 28, 2013, 10:43 am

    This soup is so very yummy! Thank You!

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