Sweet Potato Soup – with a touch of maple.

Posted on Nov 21 2016 - 4:08pm by Barry C. Parsons

Sweet Potato Soup – this velvety smooth soup has a hint of maple and a touch of warm spices, making it an ideal appetizer course for Thanksgiving dinner or a warming fall lunch all on its own.

Sweet Potato Soup - with a touch of maple.

Sweet Potato Soup – with a touch of maple.

With the Thanksgiving weekend coming up for our American friends, I thought of this sweet potato soup as a great starter course for Turkey Day. It was the perfect time for me to try a new pureed soup because Sears Canada had just asked me to try out their new KenmorePro Blender .

With the growing popularity of health drinks and smoothies in the past few years, we’ve also seen some new blender models enter the market to appeal to this new trend. Some of them come with a hefty price tag for the level of power and performance customers were beginning to demand. One of the things that prompted me to want to try out the new KenmorePro blender was the much lower retail price of $149.97. I definitely was curious to see how the KenmorePro by Sears Canada performed compared to others I’d tried.

In my testing, it performed quite well indeed. It crushed ice easily, one of the things essential to good slushie and smoothie making. The pulse feature roughly chopped the base vegetables for my soup before they were sautéed which saves a little time in the kitchen. As for the soup itself when it was cooked, the KenmorePro whizzed it into silky smooth perfection, as good or better than any blender I’ve tried.

Some of the things I like about it in particular were:

  • the pulse button is well designed and has a very good sturdy feel to it, making it responsive and easy to use. The best pulse button I’ve seen so far.
  • the spout on the jug seems well designed; they often re not on other blenders.  The soup poured smoothly back into the pot for reheating without any messy splashing.
  • the power control was smooth and responsive. There are no click buttons here, just a power dial that lets you fine tune the level of speed and power you need.

Overall, I think the KenmorePro Blender gives you a lot for your money at this price point. If your old blender frustrates you with sticky buttons or you’re looking for something with more power and control, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

The Sweet Potato Soup came out beautifully silky smooth. I garnished it with a dollop of low fat yogurt and a pew toasted pecans for a Thanksgiving appetizer to remember or a delicious, healthy comfort food soup at any time. You’ll love it.

For more information on the Kenmore Pro Blender please visit the Sears Canada website

KenmorePro Blender

KenmorePro Blender

Sweet Potato Soup - with a touch of maple.

Sweet Potato Soup – with a touch of maple. Silky smooth.

Extra veggies make it extra healthy.

Extra veggies make it extra healthy.

Sweet Potato Soup - with a touch of maple.

Sweet Potato Soup – with a touch of maple.

4.7 from 10 votes
Sweet Potato Soup - with a touch of maple.
Sweet Potato Soup - with a touch of maple.
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 50 mins
Sweet Potato Soup - this velvety smooth soup has a hint of maple and a touch of warm spices, making it an ideal appetizer course for Thanksgiving dinner or a warming fall lunch all on its own.
Course: Soup
Author: Barry C. Parsons
  • 3 cups large sweet potatoes enough to make about 3 mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 large red onion diced fine
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots diced small
  • 1 celery stalk chopped small
  • 6 cups vegetable stock low sodium
  • salt to season to taste
  • 2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Wash the sweet potatoes and wrap them in aluminum foil. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about an hour or until they are fork tender at the centre.
  2. When they've cooled down for a few minutes remove the skins and roughly mash the potatoes. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan sized saucepan or dutch oven, add the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onions, garlic, carrots and celery until the onions soften but do not brown.
  4. Add all of the remaining ingredients and simmer slowly over low heat for about 20 minutes or until the carrots are fully cooked.
  5. Transfer the soup to a blender, making sure that the cover is loose or the cover is vented to let steam escape. Start the blender on lowest speed and then gradually increase the speed until the soup is completely smooth.
  6. Return the soup to the pot and simmer until your preferred consistency is achieved, stirring often. You can always thin the soup with additional stock or water if it gets too thick.
  7. Serve with a garnish of a dollop of low fat yogurt and a few chopped toasted pecans.

Rock Recipes is very pleased to have Sears Canada as the sponsor of this recipe post. The sponsor supplied the blender for review and for the giveaway as well as compensation for the post. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

41 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Lynn Comeau November 22, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Talk about the Cadillac of blenders.

  2. Elizabeth Vlug November 22, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Fabulous recipe. And wonderful giveaway. Thanks Barry and Sears!

  3. Michelle Francois November 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Beautiful blender and great recipe!

  4. Laura Lee Smith November 22, 2016 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Awesome contest, would love to win for my house, can’t seem to win a cookbook so maybe I might be lucky now!

  5. Heather November 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I’ve never used a blender to make soup . Looke like a delicious recipe👍

  6. SabineVDK November 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the chance to win the blender! This soup looks fabulous and I will definitely be making it this weekend!

  7. Judy Cooper November 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Great giveaway! Thanks

  8. Mitzi November 22, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    What a beauty of a blender. Would match my bright yellow kitchen!

  9. Jo November 22, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Great prize…. Will definitely make the recipe 🙂

  10. Donna Gale November 22, 2016 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Retiring soon. This is on my wish list for making great soups and smoothies. Would love to win it!!

  11. Margie November 22, 2016 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    what a great prize to win…love all your recipies 🙂

  12. Colette Clark November 23, 2016 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Lovely giveaway, thanks Barry and Sears

  13. Barbara Young November 23, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Beautiful blender. Love the recipes.

  14. valerie caldicott November 23, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    love the soup recipe as sweet potato one of my favourite vegetables. The blender I have makes a terrible grinding noise when on.

  15. Linda B November 24, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it and it would be even better to make it in this blender!

  16. Carol Parsons November 24, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!

  17. Karen Daniel November 24, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Fabulous recipe. And wonderful giveaway.

  18. Michelle November 24, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

    What a great soup and a great contest!! Thanks for all the fantastic recipes! Keep them coming!

  19. Hilde Murray November 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Looks fabulous and wouldn’t mind that pro blender

  20. Joann Horgan November 24, 2016 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Would love to create warm healthy soups for the cold winter coming….

  21. luba November 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    blender looks fabulous and a contest to.excellent.

  22. Glenn November 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Forgot to add the garlic but it was awesome. Great recipe and nice Blender to help with my kitchen education.

  23. Edith November 27, 2016 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Soup looks delicious, never made soup in a blender before, would love to win this beautiful blender!

  24. Jackie November 27, 2016 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Always enjoy your recipes……a blender like this would certainly help!

  25. Roxanne November 27, 2016 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Looks so yummy, gonna try this!

  26. Lisa November 27, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

    This soup looks delicious! I was so happy to be able to pick up a copy of your Christmas cookbook in St. John’s Barry.

    I took it with me when I went to see my mother in law in her rest home. She has Alzheimer’s disease. When I started showing her the photos of all the traditional Newfoundland goodies, she started to remember Christmas and how Christmas Was when she was a young girl. She shared with us and i wrote it all down so we have these memories to share with our children. Your cookbook has turned out to be a great memory jogger for us as well as a great source of recipes for me to make for my family. Thanks

    • Barry C. Parsons November 27, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

      That is so touching, Lisa. Wow! You definitely made my day. All the best to you and your family, Barry.

  27. Hope November 27, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Wonderful recipe!! I would love to win that fabulous blender!!

  28. Valerie November 27, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Looks delicious will be making this one!Great looking machine,could put to good use!

  29. Joanne November 27, 2016 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Would love to win the blender that way I could try the soup.

  30. Elaine McDonald November 27, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Looks very yummy….soup and blender both….would love to win

  31. Lorraine Roberts November 27, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Great give away and in perfect time for Christmas.

  32. Monica Friesen November 27, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Would love to win this as a pre-Xmas gift!

  33. Pauline Lynch November 27, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    A must try recipie for sure and certainly a great giveaway to aid in the prep of it!!

  34. Florence Power November 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Made this soup and it is wicked…love it!

  35. Paula coffin November 27, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Love to win!!

  36. Karen wiseman November 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    That looks awesome a must try

  37. Teresa Eleniak November 28, 2016 at 2:01 am - Reply

    A wonderful prize and great recipes

  38. Christine piercey November 28, 2016 at 6:57 am - Reply

    That machine looks awesome.Would love to win it.

  39. Nancy December 5, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Can’t lose with sweet potato!

  40. Lu Ann @ The Cup of Life December 8, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Wow! This blender is looking incredible and so does this soup 🙂

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