Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Creamy Pinto, Ham and Sweet Potato Soup

Creamy Pinto, Ham and Sweet Potato Soup recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenThis is a smooth and creamy soup, loaded with flavor from ham and pinto beans. Thickened with sweet potatoes, yet with only a hint of sweet potato flavor in the finished soup. Slightly spicy from Mexican spices, this soup was a surprise success the other night for dinner.

I had planned something else for dinner. However, when I started to make it, I only had a handful of the necessary ingredients. I decided to play with an idea for using sweet potatoes and pintos together and it worked out great. If you don't have a ham bone waiting in your freezer, simply use a bit of cooked ham. Don't skip it though, the ham is a crucial ingredient in this soup. This soup has a smoky, salty flavor that only the ham can provide.

Creamy Pinto, Ham and Sweet Potato Soup - In The Crock-pot
Yield: 8 servings
(printable recipe)

1 ham bone or 1/2 lb cooked ham pieces
1 small onion, halved and peeled (do not chop)
3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped bite size, about 6 cups
3 cans pinto beans, drained or 5 cups cooked pinto beans
2-3 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon Mexican spice mix
5 cups chicken stock
Optional: drizzle of cream for topping, if desired

Place all ingredients in the Crock-pot, cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours. Remove the onion with a slotted spoon and discard. Carefully remove the ham bone and any smaller pieces of bone. Use an immersion blender (or transfer to a blender in batches) and pulse the soup several times to thicken it. You can puree until smooth, as I did, or leave bite size chunks in the soup. Leave the pureed soup uncovered and cook on HIGH for another 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Cook until it has thickened. Enjoy!

Creamy Pinto, Ham and Sweet Potato Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. It looks comforting and delicious.

  2. This sounds way too easy and delicious. Crock-pot soups are the best. The color is lovely and I was wondering about the sweet potato. Good to know it does not overpower the soup. Fun and easy recipe!

  3. This looks so rich and satisfying, and I know what a ham bone can do for soup. The steam rising off the soup looks amazing. I'm also loving the other soups in your linked in shots...so many soups, so little time :)

  4. Wow, this looks delicious and healthy! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Major yumms, I'm seeing lots of sweet potato right now which is great!

  6. I might have to go get a ham hock and make this this weekend!