recipe // spiced sweet potato soup (in pumpkin bowls!)

Here in Seattle, it is most definitely soup weather. I usually make a batch of soup on Sundays and then eat it for lunch during the week. It’s the perfect way to have a quick, easy, and hearty lunch on the go. I also switch up which recipe I use on a weekly basis. Today I tried my hand at this Spiced Sweet Potato Soup, a delicious recipe created by American Express in partnership with Buzzfeed. I love how easy the recipe is, plus it’s served up in pumpkin bowls, which will look so festive for my upcoming Friendsgiving dinner!

Friendsgiving is sort of a big deal to me, especially because my family lives on the other side of the country. I love gathering in my new home with my closest friends and sharing a meal. Everyone brings their own dish to share. Some years we have dress themes (for example, once we had a pajama party for Friendsgiving), but usually we just enjoy each others’ company.

Celebrate Friendsgiving (or Thanksgiving) with this spiced sweet potato soup recipe (served in pumpkin bowls!) from @buzzfeed and @americanexpress. Get more holiday inspiration from these awesome videos epic entertaining videos and get more hosting tips on Jojotastic.com #BlueCashEveryday #sponsored

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Celebrate Friendsgiving (or Thanksgiving) with this spiced sweet potato soup recipe (served in pumpkin bowls!) from @buzzfeed and @americanexpress. Get more holiday inspiration from these awesome videos epic entertaining videos and get more hosting tips on Jojotastic.com #BlueCashEveryday #sponsored

Spiced Sweet Potato Soup (serves 4)

Be sure to check out the awesome Buzzfeed video for this recipe and inspiration for many more epic holiday entertaining — click here!

Ingredients – Soup:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 can lite coconut milk
  • 2 1⁄2 cups vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 small pie pumpkins

Ingredients – Pumpkin Seeds:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne

Garnishes:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Fresh cilantro

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F/150°C

Cut off the top of the pumpkin and remove the seeds and stringy insides. Rinse the seeds. Toss the seeds with olive oil, salt, cumin, and cayenne. Transfer to a baking sheet and toast for 30-45 minutes stirring occasionally until brown and crispy. Set aside.

Heat a soup pot over medium heat and add olive oil and onion. Sauté 2-3 minutes until soft. Add diced sweet potato, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.

Add the coconut milk and vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until sweet potatoes are fork tender. Remove from heat.

Using an immersion hand blender, puree the soup until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Ladle the soup into the pumpkins. Garnish with yogurt, toasted pumpkin seeds, and cilantro. Enjoy!

Celebrate Friendsgiving (or Thanksgiving) with this spiced sweet potato soup recipe (served in pumpkin bowls!) from @buzzfeed and @americanexpress. Get more holiday inspiration from these awesome videos epic entertaining videos and get more hosting tips on Jojotastic.com #BlueCashEveryday #sponsored

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