Indian Spiced Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup

You like spicy, right? Well good, because this one is for you!

I fell in love with Garam Masala spice blend a little over a year ago when I started reading about it on The Clothes Make The Girl and then saw a local blend by a well known chef at one of my FAVE restaurants, World Street Kitchen. Sidebar* if you live in MN you HAVE to try their caramelized lamb belly lettuce wraps, ta die for! Anyways,  I brought it home and started adding it to various things and was immediately hooked.  I love the spiciness along with all the combinations of flavors from the various spices included.  If you haven’t tried it yet I highly recommend getting some and then making this awesome soup!

This week, while not working, I decided to roast a BUNCH of sweet potatoes to ensure I always had some on hand, which is a pretty standard thing for me, but then I got to thinking that I wanted to make a creamy, spicy, and rich soup with them! I added some coconut milk for creaminess, the garam masala for the spice and heat, and then obviously peppered bacon for the saltiness, richness, and an additional spice factor. BOOM, a lovely soup is born.  I also threw in some fresh rosemary from the garden and a touch of lime juice to balance the flavors! I hope you love it as much as I dooooo 🙂 Bonus: If you have bacon without added sugar this recipe is also Whole30 approved!

In other news, I leave for training in California today and won’t be back in Minne until next Saturday.  I will be staying in a small hotel room and thus will be unable to cook (sad face). This also means I won’t have any recipes for you for the rest of the week but will hopefully be able to post an awesome review, so check back! I am a little upset I have to miss some of the MN fall weather and scenery, as I love this time of year, but I guess Fremont, CA isn’t too bad an option either 😉

PLUS when I get back I am on the brink of perfecting a lovely fall-inspired cookie recipe for you lovelies so get excited for that! In the meantime I have been drooling over these for the past few days, so try ’em and let me know how they are!

Sweet Potatoes and Smiles, The Freckled Foodie

Indian Spiced Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup

Yummm

Indian Spiced Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup

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  • Yield: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Entree, soup

Ingredients:

  • 8 small or 4 large Sweet Potatoes or Yams
  • 1/2 c Coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/2 tsp minced Garlic (2-3 cloves)
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 c Pork Stock, could sub chicken stock if need be
  • 1/4-1/2 c Water
  • 1 sprig Rosemary, finely minced
  • juice from half a Lime
  • 6 slices Bacon (peppered for more spice), finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Roast sweet potatoes using my guide for the Perfect Baked Sweet Potato
  2. Let them cool enough to peel them (can do this ahead of time and put in fridge to cool)
  3. Peel the sweet potatoes and place them into a large food processor or blender
  4. Process until smooth, adding the coconut milk, stock, and water
  5. Add remaining ingredients except the bacon
  6. If not warm, reheat over the stove and add 4 of the 6 slices of bacon and stir to combine
  7. Serve with additional bacon crumbles over the top
  8. Enjoy!

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Comments: 17

  1. Phillip Ward October 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Can I assume that you cook the bacon before adding to the soup? Also, what other spice blend be substituted for the Marsala?

    • thefreckledfoodie October 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm Reply

      Phillip, Yes, cook the bacon until your desired level of crispiness! I am not sure what other spice blends would be good but you could make your own garam masala by searching for a recipe online or you could always experiment and let me (and others) know if you find another great option!

  2. Drae October 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm Reply

    Is the Rosemary sprig just for garnish? Going to try my hand at this soup in the next day or two. Thanks, Rachael.

    • thefreckledfoodie October 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Drae, You will actually want the minced rosemary in the soup but you can always use more as a garnish!

  3. TS65 October 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm Reply

    You need a “pin it” button so we can save this for easy access!

    • thefreckledfoodie October 18, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply

      Tori, I have now added a section to share on Pinterest and all other social media sites! Hope that helps 🙂

  4. Sara Hart October 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm Reply

    Could you do this in a crock pot possibly?

    • thefreckledfoodie October 18, 2013 at 11:31 am Reply

      Sara, Yes! I think this would work in a crock pot but its pretty quick so it wouldn’t need to be in there very long

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  6. Vicky October 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm Reply

    I made this for dinner for my family of 5 tonight. I skipped the whole food processor/blender thing and just smushed (technical term!) the roasted sweet potatoes into a pot that I had used to sautee the garlic in some olive oil. I added a little coconut milk (canned) for creaminess and doubled (at least!) the bacon. My kids loved it, and so did my husband. Oh, and I thought it was divine! Thanks for a great recipe.

    • thefreckledfoodie October 3, 2014 at 8:32 am Reply

      Vicky, sounds like you made some good adjustments, thanks for sharing! I’m glad to hear it was a hit 🙂

  7. bristol plasterers May 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm Reply

    This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.

    Simon

  8. Claudia September 16, 2015 at 4:48 am Reply

    Hello, Would you consider adding a print option?

    Thank you.

    • thefreckledfoodie September 16, 2015 at 12:03 pm Reply

      I have plans for that but it might be a little while still! Hopefully by the end of the year 🙂

  9. Stephanie May 8, 2016 at 11:55 am Reply

    THIS IS SO DELICIOUS. It’s decadently rich and delightful!

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