Curried Sweet Potato Soup

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Curried Sweet Potato Soup – recipe in post

Some days, I wake up cold. I eat oatmeal for breakfast, and clutch my shivering fingers around hot mugs of tea. I run, fidget, and move to keep away the chill, but it just isn’t enough. Then I make soup – big bowls of steaming comfort waiting to be sipped, every bite warming me up from the inside out. Some days, there’s nothing better.

Here where I am, it’s soup season. It’s just gotten cold, and my internal furnace hasn’t prepared for the rainy nights and windy days.

With the onset of fall, I’ve been all over the festive dessert making… but now it’s time for something warm, and savory. Every year I look forward to making this soup – I’ve made it every autumn since I first found the recipe. It’s thick, creamy, with just a touch of heat. Good for the body, good for the soul, and good for that lazy part of me that just wants to throw everything into a pot and be done.

What’s your favorite cold weather soup? Do tell!

Curried Sweet Potato Soup
Slightly adapted from Melody Polakow
Gluten-Free, easily made Vegan* – makes 4-5 servings

2 TBSP coconut oil
2 TBSP curry powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8th tsp. nutmeg
1 large onion, diced (white or yellow)
8-9 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBSP freshly grated ginger
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
4-5 cups sweet potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
1  15oz. drained cannelini beans
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2  15oz cans full-fat coconut milk
1/2-1 TBSP siracha chili paste, or to taste*
1-2 limes, juiced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

*Siracha is typically made with fish sauce, and is not vegan. It can be substituted here with 1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper, or with adobo sauce like that found in canned chilies.

1.   In a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat, add the oil and spices. Stir, and toast for 15-20 seconds, or until vary aromatic.
2.   Add the onion, garlic, and ginger, along with the salt. Saute for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. It may look a little dry, but don’t worry.
3.   Deglaze the bottom of the pan with the balsamic vinegar, then add the potatoes, beans, broth, and one can of coconut milk. Bring to a simmer, cover, and let cook for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
4.  Stir in the siracha and lime juice. Puree with an immersion blender, or very carefully transfer to a blender and puree in batches. Always be careful when blending hot liquids! Stir in the cilantro, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
5.  Serve hot, topped with a spoonful of coconut milk and more siracha if desired.

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16 thoughts on “Curried Sweet Potato Soup

  1. Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

    Definitely making a version of this tonight!

    I am the same way when I have the fall & winter chills – oatmeal or cream of wheat with maple syrup, endless mugs of hot tea & always soup!

    I will let you know how the soup comes out, I needed a quick and easy recipe for dinner tonight :) xo

    1. Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

      Okay so I made a lazy man’ version of this last night with what I had on hand – chickpeas veruse cannellini, no lime, no coconut milk- but the all the same spices…it was so good! I need to actually make the real version, I can only imagine how inslanely delish this is with coconut milk!!!

  2. Truffles

    Fantastic recipe, made it the night you posted it and it was an awesome success. I left the chilli and curry powder out and added heaps of lemon (instead of lime) juice at the end. Substantial, complex and filling. Thank you!

    1. Willow

      I estimate the entire batch has under 2500 calories all together, and that’s if you use the entire two cans of coconut milk. For a lighter soup you could try reducing the coconut milk, or thinning the soup with more veggie broth.
      I find this soup to be very filling, as well, so a full serving will keep you going for a long time. Keep in mind that all of the ingredients are naturally healthy and rich in nutrients – the fat from the coconut milk is considered to be very healthy, and there are plenty of vitamins and minerals to be found in sweet potato.
      If you want to be more exact, nutritional information for individual ingredients can be found online.

      Hope that helps.

  3. Anonymous

    Its SO good! Thank you :) The only thing I did different was sub the cinnamon and nutmeg for 1/2 tsp of garam masala…came out delicious!


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