Sweet potatoes had been on my mind and I had wanted to work them into my holiday dinner. I thought that a sweet potato soup to start the dinner off would be a good idea. I quickly came across this recipe for a creamy sweet potato soup on Simply Recipes that caught my attention. I liked that the recipe had some spices that might be found in a sweet potato dessert and the maple syrup which might be found in mashed sweet potatoes. In the end I decided that I already had too much planned to have the soup with dinner so I just had it for the lunch before instead. I kept pretty much to the recipe though I wanted my soup to be thicker so instead of using the four cups of stock I used just enough to cover all of the potatoes. The soup turned out wonderful and before I realized it I had already finished off two bowls. It was nice and creamy and there was a nice blend of slightly sweet along with the savoury. The cinnamon and nutmeg gave it that aroma of apple, pumpkin or sweet potato pie.
Sweet Potato Soup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup onion (chopped)
- 2 stalks celery (chopped)
- 1 leek (chopped, white and pale green parts only)
- 1 clove garlic (chopped)
- 3 sweet potatoes (peeled and cut unto 1 inch cubes)
- 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth or chicken stock
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- salt and pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in a large sauce pan.
- Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes.
- Add the celery and leek and saute for 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
- Add the sweet potatoes, chicken stock, cinnamon and nutmeg and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the head and simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
- Remove the cinnamon stick.
- Puree the soup with a hand blender or in a blender or food processor in batches.
- Add the milk and maple syrup and heat.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Oh, yum, yum, yum! I’m a soup girl all the way! This sounds really good. I’ve not pared sweet potatoes with other aromatic veggies before, and I’m really intrigued by this recipe. You’ve sparked my interest in maple syrup, too, in your recent postings. This will be great in the coming cold weather weeks!
Way to go!!!! Veggie based soups are good for you, and pumpkins are a good tummy filler too! Spices in soup really enhance the flavor too!!!
Hee! Two bowls off the bat! I can totally understand. I’m feeling a bit sniffly now and I think I may need 2 bowls of that soup to make me feel better!
Your recipes are so interesting. The soup looks terrific.
Sweet Bird says
That sounds crazy tasty, Kevin.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Perfect — I have a couple of sweet potatoes left over from a class I taught this morning, and didn’t have a plan for how to cook them. Soup it is!
This sounds and looks great and the recipe looks easy and quick which is nice because there isn’t always hours and hours available.
You are killink me. I am sick and this looks soo yummy I wish I could grab it thru the monitor!
mmmm! I just made a butternut squash soup. Perfect for the chilly weather!
that looks so warm and yummy for my tummy. it must be so cold up in canada now…
I never had sweet potato soup before, this just give an idea.
Excellent recipe Kevin. I have never heard of sweet potato soup and must try this as I love them. BTW, the Turkey Sandwich made with leftovers in the previous post looks AMAZING..
Mmmmm, love it!!
Yay! I usually do the same thing but with potatoes instead of sweet potatoes… but this is probably healthier. I’ll try it this week.
Wow Kevin – that is quite the day of food you had. That soup looks wonderful though and full of fall flavors.
I think this sweet potato soup would not only be good during Holidays but all year long. That looks so yummy! I love soups.
This soup looks so hearty and rich, so perfect for the holiday season. Love the deep yellow hue ^^
Awesome, I’m so glad you liked it!
Savory and sweet, best of both worlds. How we North Americans love our orange food in the fall!
Diana Evans says
Hi Kevin…this looks so perfect for the cooler weather…I will try this recipe tomorrow…or I guess it would be today since it’s after midnight…
Beautiful bowl of soup. Nice way to change it up. We always do candied sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. Perhpaps it’s time to try something new and go with this soup.
That soup looks delicious! In fact everything that you make looks delicious! I’ve tried your baklava recipe and can’t wait to try more.
I never thought about making a sweet potato soup. It looks really nice… I like the spices in it.
That soup looks delish Kevin. I made a Roasted Sweet Potato and Tomato Soup with herbs at work on Friday that was delish as well. I am so glad soup weather is here now!
A great looking soup Kevin!
hot garlic says
I tried to make a soup like this last fall and it turned out so-so. If this one is a hit then I must jump back on that old horse and try again with this recipe!
Sweet potatoes are ALWAYS on my mind, haha – I eat them every week :0) Looooove your soup!!!
I’m sure it can sound weird for you North American people, but sweet potatoes is another ingredient I’m just discovering!
it’s finally getting cool enough here for soup. This one is going on my must try list. It’s almost time for sweet potatoes here. Luckily I have a connection with a farmer who always gives me a lot of sweet potatoes.
Culinary Cory says
Looks great. I’m sure it made your house smell great.
I had sweet potato soup for the first time last year and fell in love. This thick version looks amazing!
Beautiful soup! I love the colour, and it looks so satisfying. A little bread, a glass of wine…. wonderful fall meal.
Nice to know you, neighbour.
This sounds so great! I haven’t tried a version with apples in it. I bet it gives it a perfect sweetness.
noble pig says
What a perfect match of flavors. I bet it was perfect.
Mrs Ergül says
Sweet Potato Soup! I gotta try this cuz it sounded so yummy!
I’ve never had sweet potato soup, but it’s just been added to my ever growing must-try list!
It’s cold here and I could use a nice hot soup right now. This looks delicious!
Oooh – I’ve never had sweet potato soup. Yours is looking good!
i just made sweet potato soup as well! mine was a little spicy, and i’d love to try this sweeter version.
Sweet potatoes and yams are so good in soups. Roasted or just plain boiled, it doesn’t matter. And way more flavor than normal potatoes.
I could easily eat two bowls of this. A perfect autumn soup this is.
That looks amazing. I like that you reduced the stock to get a thicker soup, I’m always partial to thick soups myself. I also love the idea of the maple syrup and spices. Yum!
love sweet potatoes and only eat them in a savory way!
Appears to be very easy to make–I’m loving that alone.
And I bet this freezes well too. Must bookmark this one.
I am really into soup at the moment and this looks like a great one. That maple syrup was a good idea Kevin!
Great recipe, Kevin! I love sweet potatoes. I’ll have to save this for a day when I’m on my own as no one else in this house will eat them. The horror!
Marc @ NoRecipes says
Looks good Kevin. I like that you used maple syrup, I’ve been on a maple kick lately.
That looks like a wonderful soup! I’ll have to try it this season.
I’ve never had sweet potato soup before. This looks good. I like creamy soups with lots of spices in them.
Oh! what a wonderful soup to have on a fall day in front of a fireplace! It looks gorgeous!
always admire your great photo make u food look good and cool!
Jin Hooi says
I love soup, especially the real thick one ;-)) hmm.. have to give this recipe a try
A great soup Kevin and a must try!
Sweet potato is my absolute favorite tuber, and that soup looks like a winner!
kevin, This soup is tempting and I have never tried with sweet potatoes.
Soup is pretty much my fav meal, especially since fall is upon us. And sweet potatoes? My second favourite!
Nice recipe.. Perfect for the fall season.
Rachel Page says
This recipe looks great! Especially if served in a bread bowl!