How to Make Delicious Sweet Potato Soup

by Alli

It’s definitely soup weather at my house! For the past few days, it’s been colder here in South Carolina than at my sister’s house in Colorado. I’ve been making all of my favorite soups, including my favorite baked potato soup and delicious sweet potato soup.

Delicious Bowl of Sweet Potato Soup

I’m a sissy when it comes to cold weather. I often tell my husband that the cold makes my bones hurt and I want to move to the Caribbean and never face another cold day. He kinda rolls his eyes and chuckles.

On the coldest of days, you can find me working from home in sweats and wrapped in a soft throw blanket. You’ll also find me dreaming of soup, especially Sweet Potato Soup.

Bath of Sweet Potato Soup

So, let’s get on with the recipe.

Sweet Potato Soup

This is an easy recipe, once you chop all the sweet potatoes. You need about 14 cups of peeled and cubed sweet potatoes. So, do that first.

Heat canola oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped onion, ginger and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add sweet potatoes, vegetable broth (easy, homemade recipe below), salt, turmeric, lemon zest and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Sweet Potato Soup simmering on the stove

Skim 1/4 cup thickened coconut cream from the top of coconut oil, whisk with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and set aside.

Whisk the remaining coconut cream and one tablespoon lemon juice in a bowl until smooth. Add to the soup.

Carefully place soup in a blender (in batches). Remove the centerpiece of the blender lid to allow the steam to escape. (I took this photo after I had pureed one batch so excuse the mess!)

Open the center of the blender to puree Sweet Potato Soup

Place lid on blender and cover the open center with a clean dish towel. Puree until smooth, about 30-40 seconds. I do this in three batches. Be careful, the soup is hot!

How to Puree Sweet Potato Soup

To serve, pour soup into bowls and drizzle with the reserved coconut cream mixture. Top with cilantro. This Sweet Potato Soup makes about 8 servings.

Sweet Potato Soup is delicious and not hard to make.

Sweet Potato Soup

Delicious Bowl of Sweet Potato Soup


  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Lemon zest from one lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable broth (recipe below)
  • 3 1/2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (15 oz.) coconut milk
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice from 2 lemons, divided
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired


  1. Heat oil over medium-high in a dutch oven OR large stockpot. Add onions. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, for one minute.
  2. Add broth, sweet potatoes, lemon zest, salt, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Skim 1/4 cup thickened coconut cream from the top of the coconut milk. Whisk with 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and set aside.
  4. Whisk the remaining coconut milk with one Tablespoon lemon juice and stir into soup.
  5. In batches, place soup in a blender. Open the lid in the top of the blender to allow the steam to escape. After placing the top on the blender, cover the opening with a dish towel. Puree for about 30 seconds. Repeat with remaining batches of soup.
  6. Serve soup in bowls with a drizzle of the coconut cream mixture. Garnish with cilantro (optional).

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I invited my daughter and son-in-law over to watch the Georgia-Alabama game (we lost) and served this soup along with other munchies and I had to make sure it was Whole 30 compliant since my daughter is on her 4th round of Whole 30 (not 4 consecutive rounds). She’s very health conscious so I also had to make sure the vegetable broth was compliant, so I made it myself. (Insert a huge eye roll). It’s so easy to make.

Homemade Vegetable Broth for Sweet Potato Soup

You can actually make the vegetable broth ahead of time and freeze until ready to use.

Vegetable Broth - Ready to make Sweet Potato Soup

Vegetable Broth

Delicious Bowl of Sweet Potato Soup


  • 2 onions, peeled
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Wash vegetables and give them a rough chop.
  2. Add vegetables to a large stockpot and cover with enough water to be able to stir the vegetables around.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  4. As soon as the vegetables start to boil, cover and turn the heat down to medium-low.
  5. Cook for an hour and a half, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove the pot from the stove and take out all the vegetables with a slotted spoon.
  7. Set a strainer over a large bowl and line with coffee filters.
  8. Carefully pour the stock through the strainer.
  9. Once the stock has cooled, you can divide into freezer containers and freeze for 4-6 months.

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If you love sweet potatoes, you need to try this recipe. What’s your favorite soup?


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robin rue January 10, 2018 - 6:32 am

I have never had sweet potato soup before, but boy does it sound delicious. We love soups on cold winter days, so I am excited to make it.

Sarah Honey January 10, 2018 - 7:28 am

This soup recipe looks delicious. Especially for all these cold winter days we’ve been having.

candy January 10, 2018 - 7:44 am

We enjoy all kinds of different soups this time of year. Potato soup is a favorite and so easy to make and enjoy. Kind of like butternut soup as well.

Amber Myers January 10, 2018 - 8:31 am

Oooo yes! I know I’d love this. I’ve always been a fan of sweet potatoes. Plus I noticed a recipe for chilled strawberry soup–I need to try that too! I’m obsessed with the strawberry soup found at Disney World so I’m curious if that’s similar.

Tomi C January 10, 2018 - 10:11 am

This has been the coldest winter we’ve had in a long time and soups and chilis have been in constant rotation at my home. This sweet potato soup sounds delicious. The coconut milk paired with the sweet potatoes makes for a creamy sweetness I’m sure. Yummy!

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh January 10, 2018 - 10:58 am

I love sweet potato anything, so I know that this probably tastes amazing! I’ll have to give this a try as soon as our weather cools back off. (we are in the 70’s!)

Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade January 10, 2018 - 4:25 pm

I’m definitely trying to eat more sweet potatoes this spring, as I train for a half marathon. This soup looks like a great way to get sweet potatoes in my diet, especially with this cold winter weather

Mimi Green January 10, 2018 - 4:38 pm

This looks delicious. I’ve necer had sweet potato soup, but I love sweet potatoes. It’s been below freezing here in the DC area lately.

Sarah Bailey January 10, 2018 - 6:08 pm

Now I would never have thought of using sweet potato in a soup but I bet it is so much nicer than normal potato soup. I shall have to try it.

Marysa January 10, 2018 - 6:32 pm

I am a vegetarian, and this soup sounds delicious. It looks very smooth, but filling too. I like the combination of the coconut, sweet potato, and the seasonings you chose. I’ll have to give this one a try.

Natalie January 10, 2018 - 6:34 pm

I’ve been meaning to make sweet potato soup! Thank you for the recipe, I will be giving this a try!

Pam January 10, 2018 - 8:12 pm

This sweet potato soup sounds great. It’s been really cold here so I have been craving soups like this.

Angelic Sinova January 10, 2018 - 10:31 pm

I LOVE Sweet Potatoes and Sweet Potato pie but I never tried Sweet Potato Soup before! I NEED this in my life. This sounds perfect for wintertime in Chicago.

Kita Bryant January 11, 2018 - 12:34 am

Mm this is a good one, girl! I love some sweet potatoes.

Dogvills January 11, 2018 - 2:59 am

This soup is really hearty and healthy. I love you used sweet potatoes. My diabetic cells thank you for that. Sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index which means its natural sugars are released into the blood streams slowly. Coconut cream is so thick and delicious it is always a perfect addition to any soup!

Chubskulit Rose January 11, 2018 - 9:02 am

I love sweet potatoes but I have never tried making it into a soup. That looks delicious!

Emily January 11, 2018 - 12:34 pm

It is soup weather here in Wisconsin too, sooo cold! Nothing like a yummy and warm bowl of soup at the end of the day. I have not made a sweet potato soup before, it is not one of our frequent soups but I really want to give this a try!

Ricci January 11, 2018 - 8:00 pm

I’m not normally a fan of sweet potatoes but this soup sounds amazing! I need to try this for myself soon!!

Lynn Woods January 12, 2018 - 5:31 am

I’ve never had or heard of sweet potato soup before. Thus looks like a great, healthy recipe for the Winter months.

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