A delicious Vegetarian pear potato soup, even better served with Five Spice Powder and creme fraiche on top!
1large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
1/2poundboiling potatoes, about 3 medium, peeled and cut into small cubes
2medium carrots, cut into small pieces
4pears cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
1teaspoonfine sea salt
2tsp.chopped fresh thyme
1tsp.freshly ground nutmeg
2tsp.Grey Poupon Dijion Mustard
3cupsvegetable or chicken broth
Red pepper flakes, optional
In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter; stir in the onion. Turn the heat down to medium-low, covering the onions. Stir occasionally for about 10 minutes, or until the onions are softened.
Turn the heat up to medium and stir in the garlic, potato, and carrot. Cover the pot and cook for about 10 minutes.
Add in the maple syrup, pear, salt, thyme, and nutmeg, stirring gently. Allow to cook on low heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.
Add in the broth and mustard, 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.
Transfer the soup in batches to a blender (or food processor), and puree for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a spoonful of creme fraiche, a sprinkle of fresh thyme and red pepper flakes.