Sweet Potato, Pear and Leek Soup with Spiced Croutons

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Posted on January 4, 2016
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk. All opinions are my own.

Hi Friends! Welcome to a New Year and to the first post of 2016 here on Floating Kitchen!

Did you think I was going to bring you a recipe for a healthy smoothie?

To tell you the truth, I thought about it. But then I figured that the internet would probably be slammed with thousands of new smoothie recipes today. So I opted for this creamy Sweet Potato, Pear and Leek Soup with Spiced Croutons instead.

Also, I’m freezing my butt off over here. All I can think about are warm, comforting foods like soups and baked pasta dishes. Winter has finally arrived in New England and I’m ready to hibernate!

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While I don’t officially make any New Year’s resolutions, I do find myself being more mindful of certain things these days. I must admit that I fell off the wagon a bit this year around Christmastime. I might have had one too many sugar cookies! So I’m keeping things in check with satisfying meals like this Sweet Potato, Pear and Leek Soup with Spiced Croutons. It’s filling, comforting and chock full of fruits and vegetables. And because I used a bit of Almond Breeze Almondmilk in the recipe, it’s really rich and luscious tasting. So much so, that it’s hard to believe it’s totally dairy free. I even fooled a couple friends, who insisted that I must have added cream to this soup!

In my humble opinion, the homemade croutons are a total must. Trust me. You definitely don’t want to skip out on them!

Cheers,

Liz

Sweet Potato, Pear and Leek Soup with Spiced Croutons

Sweet Potato, Pear and Leek Soup with Spiced Croutons

Ingredients

  • For the Soup
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced leeks
  • 1 pear, cored and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • About 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original Unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped

  • For the Croutons
  • 4 cups cubed bread (a rustic Italian or French loaf works best)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/4. tsp. paprika
  • 1/4. tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4. tsp. garam masala
  • 1/4. tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Make the soup. In a large pot, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sweet potatoes, leeks and pear. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes. Stir in the garlic, ginger, tomato paste, salt, pepper, curry and paprika and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the vegetable stock and bring the soup to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, until the sweet potatoes are very soft, about 20-30 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat and set it aside to cool slightly.
  2. Carefully transfer the soup to your blender along with 1/2 cup of the milk. Blend on high until smooth, adding additional milk to thin the soup to your desired consistency. Transfer the soup back to your pot. Re-warm over medium heat before serving.
  3. Meanwhile, make the croutons. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, toss all of the ingredients together until the bread cubes are well coated. Spread the bread cubes out onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in your pre-heated oven for 10 minutes, or until the bread cubes are dry and slightly crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. To serve, ladle the warm soup into bowls. Top with croutons and fresh parsley. Serve immediately.
  5. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days.
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57 Comments


  • MMMMMmmmm!!! Pears in soup is something I’ve never done but it sounds incred. This something that my mom and I would both love!

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    • I hope you try it out, Tori!


  • I hear ya -I’m craving soup with much stronger force than smoothies these chilly days! Sweet po soup is my faaaaave! The pear + leek addition sounds amazing..definitely on my to make list!

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    • You will love this soup then, Julia. Stay warm, friend!


  • I had a smoothie this morning for breakfast and it was just SO DANG COLD. I have all the ingredients for this soup in the fridge at home so totally putting this into the rotation this week!

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    • I’ve been drinking lots of smoothies too, but my house is so darn cold in the morning that it’s kind of not as enjoyable as it usually is. I hope you love the soup, Abby!


  • Perfect soup weather here too Liz! This one sounds delish! Happy New Year!

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    • Thanks, Mary Ann! Happy New Year!


  • Haha I love your thinking…a lot of smoothies are being posted today! I would much prefer to indulge in this soup. It looks so warm and comforting, especially with the sweet potatoes and leeks! What a great recipe for the new year!

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    • It’s smoothie overload today!!! 🙂


  • I’ve was so curious about this soup when you teased it on Instagram. It looked delicious and couldn’t wait for the recipe. Definitely love it. What great flavours!

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    • Thanks, Jennifer! Sorry to be a tease. 🙂


  • I definitely had waaaay too many sweets last month! I know exactly how you feel. This soup looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try this when I get home!!

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    • Yeah! I can’t wait to hear about your trip. I’ve been loving all the photos!


  • This looks so creamy and delicious- stunning photos. Pinning!

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    • Thank you, Medha!


  • It is freezing here today too! I’m all about the soup these days! I didn’t make any resolutions either this year, which is a first but I think I feel less pressure on this year now, haha! I will say that I want to eat more soup in 2016 though and this soup is just so gorgeous looking! I love all the flavors in it 🙂

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    • I like that resolution! More soup for everyone!


  • I’ll take this over a smoothie ANY day…this is my kind of soup! It looks so velvety smooth and that color is gorgeous. I need a bowl right now to get me through the rainy day blues!

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    • I hope you stay dry and cozy, Marcie!


  • Yum! I’ve been craving soup like nothing else lately!
    -Molly

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    • I hope you try it out, Molly!


  • Liz, oh my gawd woman!!!! This soup looks AMAZING!!!! oh my gawd and LOVE the almond milk!!! (ha! I did have a smoothie today!) 😛 and yes to homemade croutons!!! Thank you!!!

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    • Glad you love the soup, Alice! Oh and I had a smoothie today too. 🙂


  • How creative! This seems like a wonderful and healthy way to kick off the new year with hearty tastiness. Thank you for a wonderful recipe and eye-candy photos!

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    • Thanks, Jessie. You rock!


  • Happy New Year, friend! You’re starting it off with a bang – this soup is so colorful! Sweet potatoes and leeks are a favorite combination over here. And awesome that it’s dairy-free!

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    • Thanks, Amanda! I’m trying to get off on the right foot! 🙂


  • I am currently shivering my butt off in my own house, wish I had some of this STUNNING soup to warm me up!!

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    • I hope you warm up, Nicole! Eeekk!


  • I may or may not have had one too many sugar cookies last month too. I feel like I’m definitely in need of some healthier meals right about now. This soup looks absolutely delicious and perfect for this cold weather! These pictures are so gorgeous, Liz!

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    • Yeah, those Christmas cookies get me every time! 🙂


  • This is the prettiest bowl of soup I ever did see. Unless you count eating more donuts in 2016 a resolution, I skipped the whole convention entirely. Love this recipe. Pinned!

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    • More donuts is my kind of resolution! Thanks, Jennie!


  • This sounds so unique! I just love sweet potato soups, especially this time of the year. Your leek and pear version is amazing, pinned 🙂

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    • Thanks, Evi! I know you’ll love it!


  • This looks so fabulous, Liz — I love the sweet/savory combination and those rustic croutons. Yum!

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    • Thank you, Gena! Homemade croutons are a total must!


  • So, don’t mind me if I swim around in this gorgeous soup! xoxo

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    • Only if I can come for a swim too!


  • This soup is perfection, Liz! It’s such a gorgeous color, and those croutons sound ridiculously good. This is all I want on my first day back in freeeezing Seattle, haha!

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    • Oh man, it can definitely get a bit chilly in Seattle from time to time. I hope you stay warm!


  • What a gorgeous soup, Liz! It is FINALLY cold where I live so I will definitely be adding this to my dinner rotation! 🙂

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    • I know you’ll love it, Beth! Stay warm!


  • This looks fantastic!

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    • Thank you, Susan!


  • Girl, I completely fell off the wagon with way too many cookies and Pina Coladas! HA! But, you know, that’s how the year rolls. Our diets ebb and flow with mood and season. No doubt I’m craving all things comfort… tonight it’s either a big batch of squash mac and cheese or a white bean and kale soup. OH how I want that mac and cheese, but I’ll fold, I’m sure for the healthier option. Of course, I could whip this delicious soup up! Those spicy croutons put this recipe in the comfort department anyway. Delicious! So glad winter has arrived at your door. Certainly I’d think twice about rescuing that cake from the water! Happy New Year my dear! xo

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    • Mac and Cheese vs. Soup = the daily struggle is so real, isn’t it? Happy New Year, friend. I hope 2016 is the year we meet in person!


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  • I made this for dinner tonight (minus the parsley, because I forgot it – oops) and it was excellent! The pear added just the right amount of sweetness and the croutons were awesome.

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    • That’s so great to hear, Kiersten!


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  • I found this recipe a couple of weeks ago. The almond milk and the pear caught my attention. You were right about the croutons. The soup is good on it’s own but the croutons add an extra dimension.

    I found your site from a Buzzfeed listicle linking to your Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies. They were really good.

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    • Hi Melissa! I’m so glad you found me and have been trying out some of the recipes. Yay! That makes me happy. Glad you loved the soup (and the croutons!). 🙂


  • I have never been much of a soup-as-an-entree person but I came across this recipe looking for something to do with some leeks I got and it sounded so delicious I had to try! Im a sucker for anything sweet potato. And I had to come back and comment to let you know that I LOVED this soup! I couldnt stop eating it! And the croutons: AMAZING. I even made them with Glutino Gluten Free bread and they were perfect! Im so glad it made a good amount too because Im looking forward to leftovers tomorrow! Thank you!!

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    • That’s so awesome to hear, Kim! Thank you so much for commenting and letting me know. You totally made my day! And the croutons are addicting, aren’t they? 🙂

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