I think I’ve stumbled upon the Holy Grail of soups. Smoky Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon and Bleu Cheese is the most wonderful combination of flavors- smoky, spicy, and slightly sweet pureed soup is topped with crunchy bacon and sharp, tangy bleu cheese crumbles. It’s packed with tons of sweet potatoes and carrots, some of the most nutritious veggies out there. It will definitely keep you warm during these last few weeks of winter (she wrote from sunny, 80 degree Texas… sorry, Northern folks).
There are two things that give this recipe its smoky deliciousness- bacon (yum), and smoked paprika (one of my favorite spices). The bacon is cooked until crispy, removed and reserved for garnish, and the bacon grease incorporated into the soup instead of your usual butter or oil. A big ol’ heaping teaspoon of smoked paprika is added, as well as chili powder and cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick….