Sweet Potato Soup & Spinach Ravioli Sweet Potato Soup & Spinach Ravioli 10 45 ml (3 T) sunflower oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 700g orange sweet potato, peeled and chopped 500 ml (2 C) prepared chicken stock 250 ml (1 C) milk salt and freshly ground black pepper 200 g flour 2 eggs 500 g English Spinach, washed 65 ml (4 T) butter 45 ml (3 T) flour 500 ml (2 C) milk, warm

Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach Ravioli

Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach Ravioli www.pomegranatedays.co.za

I enjoy Twitter.  If you follow the right people, reading your time line can make you laugh out loud.  Twitter is also really handy for getting the latest latest information on pretty much anything going on.   I follow some great people.  I also try to follow as many other non-annoying bloggers and folks invested in the SA food scene; its a great way to keep in touch with what is going on.  Along the Twitter way, I have also “met” some fun Twitter folk.  One such lovely lady is Heather de Bruin who blogs over at Femme Lifestyle.  Heather is warmth and loveliness on Twitter and I loved that she asked me to be part of her Winter Warmers recipe series.

In the first series, Heather got together with some fellow food bloggers and they put together three gorgeous Winter Pot Pies.  You can check out these fabulous winter recipes here.  I am very proudly part of the Winter Warmer’s – Soulful Soups series and today’s recipe for Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach Ravioli  is one that I cooked especially for Heather.

Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach Ravioli www.pomegranatedays.co.za
Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach Ravioli www.pomegranatedays.co.za

Unfortunately soup is not something that is very well received in my house.  While Dear Husband and I love a good bowl of heartwarming soup, the kiddos are pretty much soup resistant.  I decided to add some pockets of filled pasta ravioli to the soup, and I would love to say that it softened their hearts towards soup in general, but alas alack they were not moved.

They did however love the ravioli on its own with a bit of olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese.  I am not a fan of the restaurant style dinner where each person gets their own unique plate of food, but sometimes a mom just has to know when to concede defeat.

Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach Ravioli www.pomegranatedays.co.za

Its getting light later and its getting dark earlier, we have yet to put the electric blanket back on the bed, but already our appetites are moving toward more wintery style meals. This Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach Ravioli will definitely be made again.

Please visit Heather at Femme Lifestyle or on her other blog dedicated entirely to food Yuhmmmmm and peruse her winter warmers series.  Not only will you get some great new recipes for this season, but you will also meet some amazing South African bloggers.

 

 

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Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach Ravioli
 
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Serves: 10
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Ingredients
Sweet Potato Soup
  • 3 Tbsp. sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 700g orange sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 500 ml (2 C) prepared chicken stock
  • 250 ml (1 C) milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
Creamed Spinach
  • 500 g English Spinach, washed
  • 65 ml (4 T) butter
  • 45 ml (3 T) flour
  • 500 ml (2 C) milk, warm
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pasta
  • 200 g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2.5 ml (¼ t)salt
  • 15 ml (1 T) olive oil
Instructions
Sweet potato soup
  1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil and add the onion, garlic, and celery.
  2. Fry for a few minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the sweet potato and toss to coat.
  4. Add the chicken stock.
  5. Bring to the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Puree using a processor or stick blender.
  7. Use enough of the milk, thinning to the desired consistency.
  8. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.
Creamed spinach
  1. Bring a pot of water to the boil.
  2. Blanch the spinach.
  3. Drain the spinach and squeeze out in a kitchen towel to remove all excess water.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter.
  5. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the flour.
  6. Whisk in the milk and continue whisking till smooth and thick.
  7. Cook over low heat for a few minutes to cook out the flour.
  8. Remove from the heat and season to taste.
  9. Place the spinach in a bowl of a food processor and pulse to finely chop the spinach.
  10. Add enough of the béchamel sauce to a thick creamy mixture.
  11. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.
  12. Cool.
Pasta
  1. To make the pasta dough, place the flour, salt and oil into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Pulse to mix.
  3. Add the eggs and pulse until the mixtures comes together in a ball.
  4. Remove the dough from the processor and knead to smooth.
  5. Form into a ball, cover with cling film and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Roll the dough into two long thin strips out according to the pasta machine instructions.
  7. Brush the pasta with a little beaten egg.
  8. Place spoonfuls of the creamed spinach onto the pasta and cover with the second layer of pasta.
  9. Shape and cut the ravioli.
  10. Bring a large pot of salty water to the boil.
  11. Add the ravioli and cook to al dente (firm to the bite)
  12. Drain well.
  13. To serve, heat the soup and place one large ravioli on the top of each bowl soup.
  14. Drizzle with olive oil.

 

 

6 Comments on Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach Ravioli

  1. Zirkie
    May 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a lovely soup and I really like the addition of the spinach ravioli. I wonder why children doesn’t like soup?! My daughters love soup now, but my 19 year old son is still not fond of it ~ they never wanted to eat soup as children!

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    • sam
      May 16, 2015 at 3:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Zirkie. I too remember finding soup for dinner excruciating as child, so I am hoping mine will grow to like it in time. I think we may have missed the boat with your 19 year old young man!

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  2. diannebibby
    May 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Sam, this is my kind of soup! Loads of flavour, texture and wintery deliciousness. Quite a dedicated work, but so special. Deliciousness in a bowl.

    Reply
    • sam
      May 16, 2015 at 3:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Di, I was in two minds about this soup for that very reason; it does require considerable effort. It is however absolutely worth every extra minute. I am now inspired to give other soups an extra little something so watch this space.

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  3. CaffeineAndFairydust
    May 15, 2015 at 9:54 pm (2 years ago)

    That looks sooo good! I am still trying to get the hang of Twitter…. it is so confusing! I never know what is going on :S

    Reply
    • sam
      May 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Maz! I think the longer you are on Twitter the more familiar it becomes. I remember looking at my feed when I first opened my account and thinking I had stepped into a weird new world. I am following you on Twitter, you seem to have it down! That or you hide your confusion well. Thanks for stopping by x Sam

      Reply

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