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I feel like not much needs said beyond winter and soup. It’s almost a testament to how creative one can be during the cooler months: just how many different soups can I make? This sweet potato soup is minimal on ingredients but features one of my favorite things with leftover grains: make them crunchy.
In this case, I’m using Bob’s Red Mill Farro. It brings the perfect warm, nutty flavor and it’s a great way to use up small amounts of leftover grains.
Cream-based Winter Soups
While I’m always down for a delicious creamy bowl of broccoli or cauliflower soup, my favorite is using brightly colored squash and sweet potatoes. The earthy flavor paired with solid spices and herbs is always a winning combination.
However, you can easily swap out the sweet potato for something else. Try butternut squash or sometimes when I’m in a hurry, I like to pan-fry the garlic/ginger then use pumpkin puree (about 3 cups worth).
Ginger and Garlic: the power couple
When it comes to soups, I like to keep the flavors simple. Time and again, in different variations, I come back to ginger/garlic. So simple yet so good. This might also be that I’m obsessed with the ginger flavor in everything I can get. So soup makes sense!
You could easily use onions or shallots with or in place of the garlic. I will say, however, that they ginger is the main flavor. It’s a bit harder to replace but you could just leave it out and up the amount of alliums you use.
Bob’s Red Mill Farro
When it comes to soups, I need something crispy on top. Croutons and nuts/seeds are the first obvious choice. However, I’ve been in love with crispy farro. It’s a fairly extreme crunch (to which Grace mentioned was a bit like grape nuts!) It’s a perfect way to use leftover farro or if you’re me, a perfect excuse to make a pot.
I love using Bob’s farro because it cooks up great every time. The flavor is perfectly warm and nutty and I know I can always trust the product I’m getting.
Cashew Cream + Vegan vs Not
Finally, a note about cashew cream. You really don’t need the cream for the soup because the sweet potatoes puree nicely. However, I love the extra level of richness the cashew cream gives. You could also get this from a splash of heavy cream or another type of nut cream.
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