Sweet Potato Soup

This sweet potato soup recipe is one of my favorite healthy comfort foods. Made with veggies, coconut milk, and spices, it's rich, creamy, and delicious.

Sweet potato soup

Jack and I spent the first official week of fall eating bowl after bowl of this sweet potato soup. I don’t know what it is about creamy orange soup, but for some reason, it just seems like the perfect meal on a chilly day. Its vibrant color brightens up gray, dreary weather, and its velvety broth warms you from the inside out.

Most years, I make my butternut squash soup or pumpkin soup on repeat at the start of fall, but right now, I’m still stuck on this sweet potato soup. It has a rich, sweet, and smoky flavor, with a tangy finish from apple cider vinegar. The texture is wonderfully smooth and creamy, which makes a single bowl feel really substantial.

If you find yourself craving cozy comfort food in the next couple of weeks, this sweet potato soup recipe is exactly what you should make. It’s simple, nourishing, and deliciously unexpected. Crusty bread for serving is optional, but highly recommended.

Sweet potato soup recipe ingredients

Sweet Potato Soup Recipe Ingredients

Another thing I love about this sweet potato soup recipe? To make it, you only need a handful of ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes, of course! They give the soup its sweet flavor, vibrant color, and luscious texture.
  • An apple – It brings out the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
  • Onion and garlic – For savory depth of flavor.
  • Coriander and ginger – They add warm, aromatic flavor to the soup.
  • Smoked paprika – It gives the soup its delicious smokiness.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil and coconut milk – For richness.
  • Vegetable broth – Use store-bought, or make your own.
  • Apple cider vinegar – For tang.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Sweet potatoes and apples in Dutch oven with wooden spoon

How to Make This Sweet Potato Soup

This sweet potato soup recipe is soup-er (I had to!) simple to make. Here’s how it goes:

First, sauté the veggies. In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the onion until it softens, for about 5 minutes. Then, add the sweet potatoes and apple and cook until they start to soften, for another 8 to 10 minutes.

Pouring coconut milk into pot with sweet potatoes, apples, and broth

Next, stir in the seasonings. Add the garlic, ginger, coriander, and smoked paprika and stir until they’re fragrant. Then, mix in the apple cider vinegar, followed by the broth and the coconut milk. (Tip: I like to reserve 1/4 cup of my coconut milk for garnish. It creates such a pretty white swirl on the orange soup!)

Then, simmer. Bring the soup to a boil, cover the pot, and simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender.

Finally, puree the soup! Allow the soup to cool slightly before transferring it to a large blender and pureeing until smooth. (Alternatively, you could use an immersion blender for this step.) If the soup is too thick, blend in a little more broth. When it reaches your desired consistency, season to taste and serve.

That’s it!

Pot of creamy sweet potato soup

Sweet Potato Soup Serving Suggestions

When you’re ready to eat, portion the creamy sweet potato soup into bowls. Garnish it with a swirl of coconut milk, fresh cilantro, Aleppo pepper or red pepper flakes, and pepitas for crunch.

I often eat the soup as a meal on its own (with a thick slice of crusty bread, of course!), but it’s also fantastic with a salad or roasted vegetables on the side. Try pairing it with any of these recipes:

Enjoy!

Sweet potato soup recipe

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Sweet Potato Soup

rate this recipe:
4.92 from 74 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves 4
On a cold winter or fall night, warm up with this creamy sweet potato soup! It's healthy, comforting, and filled with delicious sweet and smoky flavor. Vegan and gluten-free.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 heaping teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (1½ pounds), peeled and cubed
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 to 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, reserve 1/4 cup for garnish

Serving Options

  • Pepitas, for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Aleppo pepper or red pepper flakes, for garnish
  • Crusty bread, for serving

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, salt, and several grinds of fresh pepper and sauté until soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes and the apple and cook until they begin to soften, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, ginger, coriander, and smoked paprika, and stir. Stir in the apple cider vinegar and then 3 cups of the broth and the coconut milk. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly and pour the soup into a blender, working in batches if necessary, and blend until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add up to 1 cup more broth and blend. Season to taste and top with a swirl of coconut milk, pepitas, cilantro, and Aleppo pepper, if desired. Serve with crusty bread.

Notes

This soup thickens as it cools. If reheating it, stir in a little water to create a smooth, creamy consistency.

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  1. Doreen
    08.21.2022

    5 stars
    Can i freeze some of this please. It is very delicious but I made a lot

  2. Robin Nicole
    02.01.2022

    5 stars
    I love sweet potatoes and I am always looking for a different way to use them in recipes. This soup is fantastic yet is so easy to make. This is perfect for a cold winter’s evening.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      02.01.2022

      Hi Robin, I’m so glad you enjoyed the soup!

  3. colleen
    01.30.2022

    5 stars
    I made this fantastic soup, but didn’t end up blending it. I lightly smashed it with a potato masher and it was more like a thick stew with soft chunks of sweet potato. I served it with coconut lime jasmine rice, and my family was smitten!

  4. Debbie L.
    01.12.2022

    Is there a nutrition breakdown,?

  5. Erlinda Brent
    01.07.2022

    I am making this soup for a Soup Kitchen. We have a bajillion cans of sweet potatoes left over from a Thanksgiving project, so I will be using canned. I love just about anything with smoked paprika, so I am looking forward to this. Wish me luck. I will check in after making and distributing the soup!

  6. Mary Alice
    01.07.2022

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I had to substitute a few items as I didn’t have them: used cumin instead of coriander, used heavy cream in place of coconut milk. It was still delicious! This will become a staple for me.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.08.2022

      I’m so glad you loved the soup!

  7. Hala Manai
    01.05.2022

    5 stars
    THIS IS THE BEST SOUP EVER!! Just made it it is to DIE for!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.05.2022

      Hi Hala, I’m so glad you loved it!

  8. Gary
    12.03.2021

    5 stars
    I made this last week, talk about an awesome soup.
    Instead of Coriander, I used Garam Marsala.

  9. Sally
    11.22.2021

    5 stars
    I love this easy and wholesome recipe. I’ve not tried this with coconut milk, so that was a nice indulgence. End product was delicious! Will eat for the rest of the week. Perfect fall soup.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.23.2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    • Jay
      12.19.2021

      5 stars
      I had so much leftover produce from Thanksgiving so this soup was perfect to use it all up. The only substitution I made was using a
      red bell pepper and about 1/2 cup of carrots in place of an apple. They added the perfect sweetness to compliment the sweet potatoes. I gave some to a friend and she said “im an incredibly picky eater but it tasted like love and friendship and thats all that matters!!!” I think that’s high praise? It tastes great, easy to make/alter, and freezes well, would definitely make again.
      Suggestions:
      *Use 1/2 can of coconut milk and adding 1/2 a cup of broth to replace it. Depending on the thickness of the milk, watering it down the with the veggie broth loosens it up and prevents the baby food like consistency that comes when thick coconut milk is mixed with thick sweet potatoes.
      *Timing is key. Make sure nothing is over or undercooked. Overcooked and the soup will lose its vibrant color and the nutrients in the vegetables will be non-existent, undercooked and raw taste will come through in the finished product.

  10. Diane Hagar
    11.15.2021

    Is there any way to get nutrition information for this soup?

  11. Anna
    11.03.2021

    5 stars
    I absolutely loved this soup! Easy, delicious and nutritious, it’s a clear winner!
    I’m wondering if anyone has thoughts on freezing this soup? I’m not familiar enough with coconut milk to know. Tia 😊

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.03.2021

      Hi Anna, I’m glad you enjoyed it! It freezes well 🙂

  12. Jenna
    10.31.2021

    5 stars
    I made this for the October cooking club and it was so delicious that we finished all of it before taking a photo. Highly recommend! Can’t wait to make a bunch this winter. The only change I made is I didn’t use the smoked paprika.

    • Kate
      12.03.2021

      I don’t have smoked paprika but everything else. Did you substitute regular paprika or just skip it altogether?

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        12.03.2021

        regular should be fine!

  13. Marena Sampson
    10.31.2021

    This soup is delicious! I ended up adding 1.5x the spices and a lot more pepper. I love the rich, sweet, and smoky flavor of this soup. I will definitely be making it again!

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