Updated: Aug 18
In light of St. Patrick's day, I thought I'd share a new take on an old classic. This potato soup substitutes half of the potatoes with yams (sweet potatoes) for a less starch and more nutrients. It also uses coconut milk instead of cream or half and half, making it good for anyone with a dairy allergy/sensitivity. Lastly, it uses herbs instead of broth, so there are no added preservatives (or unnecessary sodium). Plus, it's an instant pot recipe, so you won't waste time or dishes! This has become a new family favorite in our house: even my one-year-old gobbles up multiple servings of it!
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*6 medium-small potatoes
*3 medium-large yams (sweet potatoes)
1 tsp(ish) olive oil
5 cups water
2 cloves garlic
2 T dried parsley
1 T dried basil
2 tsp dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 can light coconut milk
Set instant pot to "saute" for 15 minutes
While Instant Pot is preheating, finely chop onions and garlic Once Instant Pot is up to temperature, add 1 tsp(ish) olive oil, and saute onions and garlic until soft
While onions and garlic are softening, wash potatoes and yams
Place potatoes/yams on trivet in instant pot, add 3 cups water, and pressure cook for 17 minutes
When 17 minutes is up, do a quick pressure release and remove yams, sweet potatoes, and trivet
Remove skin from yams/potatoes (it should easily peel off, but you may want to use tongs to do so since the potatoes/yams are still very hot)
Return potatoes/yams to Instant Pot and add the remaining 2 cups of water, parsley, thyme, basil, salt, and pepper. If the potatoes/yams were bigger and don't seem soft enough to easily blend, pressure cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. If they are already soft, add coconut milk, and use a hand blender to blend everything together until smooth and creamy.
*You want approximately equal amounts of potatoes and yams, so the numbers will vary depending on the size. You could have 3 large potatoes and 6 small yams. If any are extremely thick or significantly thicker than the others, cut them in half lengthwise to even out cooking time and make it easier to fit them all.