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 potato soup recipe when I was cleaning out my cabinets, and decided to try a sweet potato version instead.
The results were amazing, and I didn’t miss the white potatoes at all! Here’s how to make it:
How to Make Creamy Sweet Potato Soup
Soup is already pretty healthy, so it’s easy to make substitutions that make the recipe really nutrient-dense. I used sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes for higher nutrients and to avoid the inflammatory nature of white potatoes. To avoid the soup becoming overly sweet, I also used a winter squash.
To cook the sweet potatoes and squash, I either peel, dice, and then boil them, or roast them in the oven and then peel and dice them when they’re cooked. The second option is a great choice if you have the time because the flavor is fantastic and it’s much easier to peel and cut them up that way.
After the sweet potatoes and squash are cooked and diced I puree half of them with stock, coconut milk for creaminess, and spices. The spice mixture adds depth and flavor. Black pepper and cayenne give this soup a bit of a bite, while garlic, basil, and thyme meld the flavors beautifully.
I add the remaining sweet potatoes and squash cubes to the pureed soup and add a pound of whatever protein I have around as well. Leftover chicken works great and ground beef, sausage, and bacon can all be cooked and added really quickly.
If you are a potato soup person, try this recipe!
Easy Freezer to Table Tip
I have to be very organized to get healthy meals on the table 3 times a day. One of the ways I’m able to do this is by prepping meals ahead of time and sticking them in the freezer for a later meal. Soups are a great choice for freezing. They are easy to make in bulk, easy to freeze, and easy to reheat!
Here’s how to do it:
- Cool soup to room temperature.
- Divide soup into freezer-safe containers (I prefer glass). Don’t overfill as the soup will expand as it freezes.
- Label and freeze for up to 1 month.
Take it out of the freezer the night before you want to serve the soup. This helps it thaw before reheating. If you’re in a hurry and you have stored the soup in glass, you can place the glass container in a bowl of room temperature water (not hot) to help with thawing.
Loaded Sweet Potato Soup Recipe
- 1 winter squash (peeled and cubed, or pumpkin)
- 3 medium sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
- 1 qt chicken stock
- 2 cups coconut milk
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp thyme
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup coconut oil (or butter)
- 2 medium onions
- 1 lb meat of choice (such as chicken, sausage, ground beef, or bacon, cooked, optional)
Optional Soup Toppings
- 8 strips bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- ½ cup shredded cheese
- ¼ cup green onion (chopped)
- ½ cup pepitas (or squash seeds, roasted)
- Peel and chop the squash and sweet potatoes.
- In a large pot, boil at least 2 quarts of water and add the chopped squash and sweet potatoes.
- Cook until fork tender, then drain and let cool slightly.
- Using a blender, hand blender, or food processor, blend half of the cooked squash and sweet potatoes with the stock, coconut milk, and spices until smooth.
- Return it to the pot.
- Stir in the other half of the cooked squash and sweet potatoes to the pot with the pureed half.
- In a large skillet, brown the meat you are using if not already cooked and add to pot when cooked.
- Thinly slice the onions and cook in the skillet with coconut oil or butter until soft and add to pot.
- Heat pot on low heat until the soup is warmed.
- Serve with optional toppings such as crumbled bacon, cheese, green onions, and roasted squash seeds, and a side salad.
- Don't throw out those squash seeds! Toss them with a little olive oil and spices and roast at 325°F until crunchy for a delicious and nutrient-dense snack or soup topping.
- You may want to try roasting the squash and sweet potato in the oven to make peeling easier and to give your soup a deeper flavor. Just skip the boiling step in the directions and proceed directly to pureeing.
What’s your favorite soup? Share below!