Loaded Sweet Potato Soup

Loaded Sweet Potato Soup REcipe

I used to love making potato soup, clam chowder and other potato based soups and stews. Now that we don’t eat white potatoes very often, I hadn’t made any of them in years. I found my old recipe when I was cleaning out my cabinets, and decided to try a sweet potato version.

I used winter squash to take the sweetness down a notch, and the sweet and salty flavors in this soup go really well together. If you are a potato soup person, try it!

Loaded Sweet Potato Soup REcipe

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Loaded Sweet Potato Soup




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A filling and nutritious sweet potato based soup.


  • 1 medium to large winter squash or pumpkin
  • 3-4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil or butter
  • 2 onions
  • 1 quart chicken broth or stock (homemade if possible)
  • 2 cups coconut milk (or water)
  • 1 pound of meat of choice: leftover chicken, sausage, ground beef or bacon all work
  • Optional garnishes: crumbled bacon, cheese, chopped green onions


  1. Peel and chop the squash and sweet potatoes.
  2. In a large pot, boil at least 2 quarts of water and add the chopped squash and sweet potatoes. Cook until fork tender and remove.
  3. Let cool slightly. Using a blender, hand blender of food processor, blend half of the cooked squash/sweet potatoes with the broth, coconut milk and spices until smooth and return it to the pot.
  4. Add the other half of the cooked squash/sweet potatoes.
  5. In a large skillet, brown the meat you are using if not already cooked (I like ground sausage) and add to pot when cooked.
  6. Thinly slice onions and cook in the skillet with coconut oil or butter if needed until soft. Add to pot.
  7. Cook bacon in skillet if using for a garnish.
  8. Heat pot on low heat until ingredients are mixed and warmed.
  9. Serve with optional garnishes (crumbled bacon, cheese, green onions, etc) and a side salad.

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This healthy and grain free sweet potato soup recipe is hearty and nutritious with sweet potato, winter squash, onions, broth and meat.

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  1. I always loved loaded potato soup! I’ll have to try this soon as it really does sound delicious!

  2. i’m guessing you could always cook the winter squash in the oven before you peel it. i never can peel those suckers raw. this will be on my menu next week!

    • I always have trouble peeling them too. THe only success I’ve had is with using a filet knife…

  3. Oh my, I’m totally excited about this recipe…I don’t know why I haven’t done this!!!  I have a recipe that’s a family favorite for Potato Corn Chowder that I haven’t made in years…this is certainly going to be a proper replacement!!!  Thanks.

  4. I LOVE potato soup as much as the next person. My Mom made it for a family gathering recently and I was really sad that I “couldn’t” eat it. Can’t wait to make this!

  5. This soup sounds AMAZING!   Can’t wait to make it.   I’m not sure though that I know what winter squash is – I’ll figure that out.   I made soup the other night with Delicato Squash and carrots and ginger.   Also sauted leeks, shallots, onions and garlic in coconut oil and added that too.   Basically following your summer squash soup recipe.   VERY yummy!  If people don’t have an immersion blender I would highly recommend them.   You can get them fairly cheaply these days and if you like to make soup they are so much better than using a blender.

  6. I JUST looked for a sweet potato and butternut squash recipe on Sunday after some friends had posted about making some.  I was hoping to find a Paleo version, but wasn’t blown away with anything I found online.  SO happy to see this post! 

  7. In your directions, in the 3rd step after adding the coconut milk, you say to add spices — what spices?  Did I miss the spices?

    Also, was the answer to the comment above about having to cook the squash first before peeling  a “Yes, you DO have to cook it first” ?


    • I just spice to taste, but usually put in salt, pepper, garlic, basil and whatever else smells good. It is easier if you cook the squash, but you can also just cut the skin off with a knife (a peeler won’t work)

    • I added salt, a touch of nutmeg, little pepper, and cinnamon. Yum!

  8. This soup is delicious! My husband just made it and it’s insanely good! We topped it with a small amount if sour cream, green onions and crispy bacon. I couldn’t recommend this soup more! Also, we have a plane Martha Stewart peeler and it does the trick. We did not cook it before. However if you rotated it I bet it would be amazing too. Costco has already peeled and sliced squash (just saw it but already had one.) Thanks for the awesome recipe! And thanks to my awesome husband for cooking it as requested!

  9. Can we assume you use nitrate-free bacon? Maybe a quick word about it in the ingredients would be helpful to people who just stumble upon this recipe? We actually found that my youngest son has an allergy to nitrates – every time he has had them (which hasn’t been for quite awhile now) he gets very sick – vomiting, headaches, etc. Nitrate-free bacon is more readily available these days (we buy ours at BJ’s wholesale club in huge packages on the cheap) and is delicious! Oh, and a big Thanks for the great site and recipes!

  10. So delicious!  Made this last night and even my oldest daughter loved it, and she has a strong aversion to creamy soups. I think the texture of the chunks of squash and sweet potatoes and the crumbled sausage really helped.

    I cooked the onions in some bacon grease, then cooked the sausage in the skillet after caramelizing the onions.

  11. I am new to your site, but just soaking up everything – so many great ideas! I made this soup today and LOVE it! 🙂 Can’t wait to try more great recipes!

  12. Oh my goodness!  I’ve been wanting to look for a Sweet Potato soup recipe and only think about it when I’m away from my computer.  I’m so glad I stumbled across this…it sounds delicious!

  13. Question– I’m making this tonight for my mom’s birthday and am confused about one of the steps. So I baked my sweet potatoes and roasted the squash before removing the peel (just for ease, so that I could do some of it last night). So I didn’t do the boiling water step. When you add the squash/potato/coconut milk/broth mixture back to the pot, are you adding it back to the water, or have you poured the water out? Just wondering if I need to add 2 quarts of water to my mixture or not. Thank you!!! It looks delicious!

    • Pour the water off and use chicken or beef broth to thin if needed. Enjoy 🙂

      • Thank you!!! I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m trying to prove to my mom that eating Paleo can be delicious, too!

        • It was AMAZING. My mom absolutely loved it and said she had eaten nothing quite like it before (in a good way). My 7-month-old baby liked it too. It was a great celebration!

  14. It says add spices, but I don’t see any listed in the ingredient list. ???

    • I need to get better about this… I cook by taste and this was one that I cooked before I started making sure to measure. I used garlic, basil, sea salt, pepper, thyme and turneric (1/2 to 1 tsp of each) and about 1/4 tsp cayenne, which didn’t make it spicy, but just brought out the flavors…

  15. Yum, the bacon looks really good in this – I also love the sweet/salty combo.

  16. can i get the original recipe with the regular potatoe

  17. Does this freeze well? I’m thinking of making a big batch & keeping some in the freezer.

  18. I’m so excited to try this recipe out. We miss having potato soup. Just two questions though. When you use coconut milk is it canned or from the carton? Also I see you suggested topping it with cheese, do you occasionally use cheese? Thanks

  19. Hi! Thanks for the great recipe. 🙂 My husband and I loved it. 🙂

  20. I really like the idea of this recipe, but it’s fairly confusing. After you boil the potatoes/squash you blend and then return to pot with stock, etc., but do you keep the original water in it that you boiled the potatoes in? Or do you discard that? It’s not clear. Also, please list spices in the recipe – I finally found them in the comments, but for future recipes … it’s hard to scroll through all the comments just to see if it might be there.

    • Discard the water that you boil in. I’ll try to edit to add spices soon.

  21. Hello I was wondering do you use canned coconut milk or coconut milk in the carton?
    Thank you!

  22. We have an onion allergy in the family. Do you think this recipe would still taste good without using onion?

  23. This soup was delightful! In Taiwan we have already started getting summer heat but for some reason today was right back to being chilly and gray, so I decided to try out this recipe. My husband is a huge fan of sweet potatoes, and luckily they have been all over every produce market and stand lately. Next time I might use just one onion as the flavor was a bit strong for my preference, but still darn tasty! Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

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