Seasonal Sweet Potato Soup With Grilled Cheese

Pair this sweet potato soup with a melty grilled cheese and you have a dinner fit for a cozy fall evening!
09/30/2013 11:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

As fall rolls in we are once again pulling out our favorite soup recipes -- including this nom-worthy sweet potato soup. Pair it with a melty grilled cheese and you have a dinner fit for a cozy fall evening!

Sweet Potato Spinach Soup & Grilled Cheese Recipe
  • ᅡᄑ yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ᅡᄑ jalapeᅢᄆo, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1 cup black-eyed peas
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 6 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ᅡᄑ lime, juiced
  • Cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Dice the onion and finely mince the garlic. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.ᅡᅠAdd the onion, garlic, jalapeᅢᄆo, and a pinch of salt and sweatᅡᅠfor 2-3 minutes. Make sure the heat is low enough that theᅡᅠgarlic does not burn or brown! Add the vegetable stock,ᅡᅠsweet potato, and black-eyed peas, and bring to aᅡᅠboil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook, covered for 10-15ᅡᅠminutes, or until the sweet potato is fork tender.

Make the Grilled Cheese

While the soup is cooking, heat a dry pan over medium-lowᅡᅠheat until hot. Slice the cheese, and butter the outside of allᅡᅠ4 slices of bread. Layer half the cheese and several cilantroᅡᅠleaves between two slices of bread and cook, turning once,ᅡᅠuntil golden-brown on both sides, about 6 minutes total.

Here's a tip for making the best grilled cheese sandwich: While cooking on the second side, cover the pan with a lid toᅡᅠhelp the cheese melt completely. Repeat with the secondᅡᅠsandwich and slice in half.

Finish the Soup

Add the spinach to the soup, and cook for another 2-3ᅡᅠminutes, or until spinach is wilted. Serve with choppedᅡᅠcilantro on top and a squeeze of lime juice. Serveᅡᅠsandwiches on the side.