Friday, October 12, 2012

Carrot and Sweet Potato Bisque

It all started when I wanted soup.  Simple request, usually.  But with October Unprocessed I was a little worried that it would be much more complicated.  I mean, I would have to make my own stock first!  That seemed like a lot of work...

Except it is NOT.

I took all the odds and ends of veggies I had laying around in the fridge, dumped them in a soup pot, covered with water and added some salt, then let it boil for about an hour.  While I watched TV.  Yes, that's how complicated it was.

But what kind of soup did I want to make?  Well, I wanted to make I-don't-need-to-go-out-in-the-rain Soup.  The perfect kind for a day like yesterday.

Cupboards and fridgedoors were opened.  Kale?  Nah... enough of that recently.  Beet?  No.  I did not want beet soup.  But I did see those beautiful, colored carrots I got for a buck at Farmer's Market a few days ago.  And there were a few sweet potatoes hiding in the bottom of my pantry.  The perfect ingredients for the perfect soup.

In the end I wound up with a creamy (thanks to pure Greek yogurt and a blender) sweet potato and carrot bisque.

Guess what?   It was delicious, unprocessed, and cost about 75 cents per bowl.

And I didn't have to go out in the rain...


  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 T butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 5 medium carrots, cut into medium-sized pieces
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, plus a little more to top the soup
  • sprigs of fresh herbs, your choice, to top the soup


  1. In soup pot, melt butter and saute onion and garlic, about 5 minutes.  Add cinnamon and nutmeg and cook another 2 minutes.
  2. Add potatoes and carrots to pot and cover with stock.  Add up to 1 cup water, if needed.  Bring to a boil, and then reduce to low and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are soft.
  3. In a blender, working in small batches, puree the soup mixture.  Be careful to let the steam out before blending to avoid any explosions. 
  4. When finished, stir in yogurt and salt/pepper.  Top each bowl with a small dollop of yogurt and fresh herbs of your choice.


To save time, use bullion cubes.  Otherwise, make your own.  It tastes AMAZING!

COST: $2.98   COST PER bowl (4): $0.74


  1. I stumbled upon your blog. I love it!! I have to make this soup STAT! I love soups and this combo is perfect!!! When you can a chance stop by my blog

  2. Wow that looks amazng! Now I am craving some soup. If only it weren't so stinkin' hot in Hawaii still :(

    New follower, please stop on by:

    1. For some reason I don't feel sorry for you ;)

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    1. p.s. I added you to my blogroll so others can follow along with October Unprocessed recipes! ~ Mary @

  4. Hi! I know that you enjoy my blog some time ago but never had visited his! I found it very interesting, I love new recipes! And how nice that you dabble in Brazilian cuisine! I love to cook!
    When needed, I am available!
    Ps. Sorry my english, I'm translating from Google! ;)

    1. Bem vindo! Sem problemas sobre os erros, eu tenho muito! :) Estou feliz porque vc esta aqui!!!

  5. It's posts like this that make me keep wanting to see what you are mixing up next! I LOVE this idea for fall...perfect Tiffany!
    xo - Marion

    1. :) You always make me feel so good about myself, hahahaha! Hugs!

  6. I just found your blog through Hello Hue and am loving the posts I've read so far! This recipe looks delicious, but mostly I'm inspired by the simple vegetable stock you introduced here. I had no idea it was so easy!

    I love that you have such a strong connection to Brazil, too. I lived in Brazil for my dad's work when I was in high school; we lived in Barra in Rio. I miss it and would love to go back sometime soon!

    1. Welcome! I am glad you found me, I love Hello Hue! It is one of my favorite blogs, so I think we have similar taste :) And for the Brazil connection... AWESOME! Our family is in Sao Paulo state, in Ribeirao Preto. But we have been to Rio several times and have friends there as well. You must go back sometime!

  7. I love a pantry meal that uses ingredients already in the house ... especially when it's a rainy day. =) This soup look absolutely divine + I love that it's healthy, unprocessed AND inexpensive to make. WIN!

  8. this is a really clever meal. i always have carrots around that i have no idea what to make with them.

  9. I made sweet potato pumpkin ginger bisque the other day, and it looked very similar. It was absolutely divine. This looks like my next kitchen experiment!

  10. I made this soup and it was DELICIOUS! I posted about in on my blog and linked to your blog :) check it out! I added some curry and turmeric and it was amazing. The perfect fall soup.

    1. Excellent! I am going to go check it out. But I am SOOOO glad to hear that others besides me liked it... it is the first soup I made the recipe for myself and didn't just READ AND FOLLOW :)

  11. I just started a blog this week...and it is truly a work in progress. Your blog is fantastic! I got here purely by luck. The soup looks incredibly delicious and I can't wait to try it on a chilly fall night . Thank you for the recipe. Vickie


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