My family loves this! My middle son Ryan is the "picky eater" and he asks for me to make this. I serve this with corn bread. I was asked by Penzeys' Spices to share a recipe or two. This was one of the three that they featured in their September Spice Catalog. What an honor!!
Saute the onion, celery and garlic in the butter until clear. Add water & broth. Add potatoes, carrots and yams.
Simmer 15-20 minutes. You may add more broth and soup base for added flavor. Add all ingredients and let cook through until potatoes are cooked and the soup is hot.
If the soup is too thin, take 3 tbsp. of sotened butter and two tbsp. of flour. Make a paste and add to the soup mixtures, stirring as adding. It will thicken.
We like it thick so oftentimes I add frozen mixed vegetables as well, maybe 1 cup. You may salt and pepper to taste. I add Mrs. Dash occasionally to add more flavor as needed. Soup is not a science, a lot of "dump and pour, little of this and that" methods. Add seasonings and thickeners as you wish.
The red skins and red yams add lovely color, flavor and body to the soup. Serve with hot corn bread and a salad.