Creamy sweet potato and apple soup with pumpkin seeds [Recipe]


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Have your Thanksgiving guests sip on sweet potato and apple spoons! Make a big batch so you can freeze and thaw on those chilly winter nights. For more Thanksgiving recipes, visit MealsOnHeelsByMindy.com.

Prepared in 40 minutes or less


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped Vidalia onion
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1½ cups apple cider
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds for garnish



  1. Add the butter and olive oil to a large stockpot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the celery, onion, and thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir while cooking until the onions and celery are tender and translucent. 
  3. Add the garlic, ground cinnamon, allspice and cumin. Stir and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add the sweet potatoes and apples stirring to coat. Add vegetable stock and apple cider and then cover. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. 
  5. In batches, carefully puree the contents of the pot in a blender or food processor. Taste and season with salt. Serve warm or chilled. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds or crispy shallots. (Note: Soup can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.)
  6. Safety tip: When blending hot liquids, remember to remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor, and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.