Sounds Ghastly, Looks Worse, Tastes Great

Sweet Potato, Apple and Pumpkin Bisque. All right, settle down! I said it sounded ghastly, didn’t I? I didn’t even take a picture of it, because it looked like it had already been eaten by somebody who didn’t like it very much. But it tasted–Mmmmmwah!

I got it out of the paper. I would send you to the article, but they charge for it, so phooey on them. I didn’t make it according to the recipe anyway, and I’m blowing a big fat raspberry about it. They said to use apple butter, but I didn’t have any apple butter and I did have a Jazz apple, so I just peeled and cored and chopped it. They said to add some heavy cream in the last 30 minutes, but I didn’t. Guess that probably makes it not bisque, but ask me if I care. What did I answer? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Sweet Potato, Apple and Pumpkin Bisque

  • sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • onion, cut how you like
  • carrots, peeled and cut into rounds
  • butter
  • chicken or vegetable broth (I used veg)
  • apple, peeled, cored and minced or diced
  • can 100% pumpkin
  • salt, pepper, marjoram, cinnamon, allspice

Melt butter in the bottom of a medium saucepan. On medium-low heat, cook onions and carrots about 10 minutes. Add broth, sweet potatoes and apple and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Add seasonings (I used marjoram because Charlie loves it, and I added a sprinkle of cinnamon and allspice because I thought it sounded good. It was.). Add pumpkin (and cream, if using), reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

We had home-made bread with this and we all lapped it up. Sorry, Mr. InSinkerator–no soup for you!

WRITING PROMPT: A character makes a recipe out of the paper. How does it turn out?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Sounds Ghastly, Looks Worse, Tastes Great

  1. Leslie R. Lee

    October 20, 2010 at 11:44pm

    Sounds amazing. How big of a can of pumpkin?

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      Marian Allen

      October 21, 2010 at 8:01am

      For one sweet potato, I used a small can. And I forgot you also saute some garlic cloves along with the carrots and onions, but if you cook you either add garlic to everything or you leave garlic out of everything, so you would do what you wanted to about it, whether I put garlic in the recipe or not. 🙂

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