Sweet potato soup

Sweet potato soup

Sweet potato soup is a hearty soup with a rich flavour and a bit of a kick from garlic and chilli. Add some beans and refreshing lime for variation.


  • Peel the potatoes, onions and garlic. Cut into pieces. Core and slice the chilli.
  • Fry the onion and garlic in butter & rapeseed oil in a pan. Add the potatoes, chilli, stock, water and cream.
  • Let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Blend the soup roughly. Rinse the beans in cold water. Stir in the beans, lime zest and juice. Serve with diced avocado, coriander and tortilla chips.
  • Ready!

To add to the Mexican influence in this recipe, add some ground cumin with your onions and garlic when frying.

Sweet potato soup

How can I thicken my sweet potato soup?
If your soup feels thin, try pureeing it with a hand-held immersion blender. If it's still too thin, simmer it at a low heat until some of the water has evaporated.
Can you put sweet potato peel in soup?
Absolutely! But if you choose to use the peel, be certain to scrub the potatoes well first. Gritty sand in your soup kills the creamy feel!
Which herbs are good in sweet potato soup?
Sweet potatoes are extremely versatile. It's easy to take this recipe in many different directions by using different flavour combinations. Try chicken broth, coconut milk (instead of cream), chilli, and coriander for an Asian feel. Try swirling in natural peanut butter and adding ginger, all-spice, and chili for a West African flavour profile. Fresh sage, butter, chicken broth, and cream add continental appeal. And don't forget fresh thyme. There's a reason it is often called the universal seasoning. You could also add fresh parsley or tarragon for a more French-inspired touch.


Sweet potatoes
400 g
Yellow onions
Garlic cloves
Red chillies
Butter and rapeseed oil
1 tbsp
Vegetable stock
3 tbsp
700 ml
Cooking cream
250 ml
Cooked white beans
1 tin
Lime fruit (unwaxed) zest and juice
Serve with:
Tortilla chips
Avocados, diced
Ground coriander

On a blustery autumn evening when the rain is battering the windows, this creamy, warming soup will take the chill off and give your spirits an unexpected lift. Pair it with a green salad and some crusty bread for a simple meal that's elegant enough to share.

Tips for a more luxurious sweet potato soup

Sautéing your onions in pure butter until they are golden is a good way to create depth of flavour. And before you serve your soup, you can boost its glam factor by topping it with a swirl of sour cream and a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds.