Sweet Potato Chowder


  • 1 pound fresh parsnips
  • 2 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium head of fresh broccoli
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 cups water
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups low-fat (1%) milk
  • 1/2 cup instant potato flakes
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbspns fresh parmesan cheese, grated


Peel parsnips; halve lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Peel sweet potatoes; cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Cut broccoli head from stem and separate into small florets, rinse well. In a large saucepan, bring water and salt to boiling. Add parsnips, sweet potato, and onion. Lower heat and simmer 6 minutes. Add broccoli flowerets; simmer 3 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender. Meanwhile, combine ricotta cheese, milk, potato flakes, pepper and nutmeg in a blender. Whirl until pureed. Stir ricotta mixture into soup until well blended. Gently heat through. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.

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