Soup Double Hitter: Tomato Soup and Coconut Sweet Potato Bisque

What this post lacks in exposition, it makes up for in recipes. I bring you the soup double-hitter: a simple but creamy and rich tomato soup, and a more complex and also creamy but dairy-free coconut sweet potato bisque. Both are delightfully easy to make, pair great with salad and cheese sandwiches, and bring comfort on these (finally) cold winter days.

 Tomato Soup SandwichBisque and Salad

Tomato Soup

Adapted from Tupelo Honey Cafe

Makes 4-6 servings

24 ounce can crushed tomatoes

3 cups water

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 bay leaf

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 cup heavy cream

Tomato Soup

Place the tomatoes, water, tomato paste, bay leaf, sugar, and salt in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, reeducate heat to medium, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the soup thickens and can lightly coat a spoon. Add the pepper and cream and cook for about 4 more minutes, stirring frequently.

Tomato Soup and Sandwich

Sweet Potato Bisque

Coconut Sweet Potato Bisque

Adapted from Tupelo Honey Cafe

Makes 4-6 servings

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced

4 cups and 3 teaspoons water

14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon maple syrup

3 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice

4 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Sweet Potatoes

Combine the sweet potatoes and 4 cups of the water in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Reduce the heat to medium and use a potato masher to break up the potatoes. Add the coconut milk, sugar, honey, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and pumpkin spice, stir, and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the soup begins to thicken. Combine the cornstarch and 3 teaspoons of the water in a small bowl to form a thick paste. Add the paste and cayenne pepper to the soup and stir and cook for about 5 minutes, until the soup coats the back of a wooden spoon. Use a hand blender to blend the soup until smooth.

Creamy Soup

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