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 sweet potatoes for 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!
Yield: 14 cups | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 17 minutes (+10 min to pressurize)
2 lbs (6 medium-small) potatoes
2 lbs (3 medium-large) 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"
While Instant Pot is preheating, finely chop onions and garlic Once Instant Pot is up to temperature, add 1 tsp(ish) olive oil, onions, garlic, parsley (2 T), basil (1 T), and thyme (2 tsp) and saute until onions are soft, stirring occasionally
While onions and garlic are softening, wash potatoes and yams
Place potatoes/sweet potatoes on trivet in instant pot, add 1 cup water, and pressure cook for 17 minutes. If any of the sweet potatoes 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.
When 17 minutes is up, do a quick pressure release and remove sweet potatoes, potatoes, and trivet
Remove skin from yams/potatoes (it should easily peel off, but you may want to use tongs to do so since they're still very hot)
Return potatoes/sweet potatoes to Instant Pot and add the 3-4 cups of water, coconut milk, salt, and pepper. If the potatoes were bigger and don't seem soft enough to easily blend, pressure cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. If they are already soft, use a hand blender to blend everything together until smooth and creamy.