This amazing dish is simple to make yet it boasts so much flavor. It has the creaminess of a potato soup wrapped up with the sweetness of pears and the irresistible savory flavor of sage. It is a little reminiscent of butternut squash soup, but with its own unique twist.
This is a favorite from late summer, through autumn and into winter. Depending on the pears you use, you may have plenty of sweet flavor, so feel free to skip the maple syrup in the ingredients if you want to cut the sugar content. However, the syrup is a great addition for giving the soup just a hint of that fall-harvest maple flavor.
You can keep this vegan by using olive oil instead of butter and skipping the blue cheese garnish. This is a flexible soup, so it is easy to adjust the ingredients to your liking. This recipe is inspired by Five and Spice.

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Cook time: 40 minutes 

Total time: 60 minutes 

Yield: 6-8 servings

Pear and Potato Soup with Sage


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 pound boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 5 pears peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter and stir in the onion. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cover the onions, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes, or until they're soft but not browned.
  2. Turn the heat up to medium and stir in the garlic, potato, and carrot. Cover the pot and cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add in the maple syrup, pear, salt, thyme, sage and nutmeg. Give the ingredients a stir, making sure to coat the pear and vegetables in the syrup and spices. Allow to cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the broth, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Cover the pot and let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  5. Transfer the soup in batches to a blender — or use an immersion blender — and puree for 2-3 minutes until it is completely smooth. Give it a taste and add a pinch of salt and pepper, or adjust other spices as you wish. Serve hot and enjoy!

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