Pear and Sweet Potato Soup


Pears and sweet potatoes pair for a delicious flavor combination.

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Pears add a subtly sweet slant to this warm and creamy soup.

Recipe Type: Soup
Author: Johnson and Wales University 
Serves: 6 to 8
Serves: 2-3


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 Anjou pears, peeled and chopped
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Anjou pear, chopped in ¼-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Pinch of cinnamon


  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat; add onion, and cook until translucent. Add garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add pears, sweet potatoes, salt and thyme; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour in broth. Bring to a boil; then reduce, cover, and let simmer 30 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a blender, and process until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. In a small saucepan, melt butter, add brown sugar, and cook until melted. Add chopped pear and pumpkin seeds, and sauté until caramelized. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  6. Pour soup into bowls; then garnish with caramelized pear cubes. Can be served chilled or warm.


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