Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Move onion mixture to side of pan; add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to open space in pan. Increase heat to medium-high; cook 1 minute or until butter begins to brown. Add sweet potatoes, 3 1/2 cups water, broth, and carrot; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Place half of soup mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining soup mixture. Stir in half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Ladle about 1 cup soup into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with about 2 teaspoons sour cream and 3/4 teaspoon parsley.
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I am a vegan so I substituted Canola oil for the butter to saute the onions, vegetable broth instead of chicken stock, and simply omitted the half and half. I also added ginger to spice it up even more. It tasted fantastic and since it is pureed it was still very smooth and creamy without the half and half.
This was a tasty and satisfying soup. I made a few substitutions and omissions as follows: did not use carrots, used vegetable broth instead of chicken to make this vegetarian, used 2% milk instead of half-and-half and added chives along with the parsley.
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