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Sweet Potato Soup is a creamy bowl of comfort food goodness! It’s easy to make with the savory flavors of ginger and garlic. Add cheese to give the soup more body and flavor. 

Sweet Potato Soup in a white bowl topped with cream and green onions.

Sweet Potato Soup is a creamy bowl of comfort food goodness! It’s easy to make with the savory flavors of ginger and garlic. Add cheese to give the soup more body and flavor. 

Soup for the soul, anyone? For us, there’s no such thing as too much soup, no matter what time of year. Even in the middle of summer, you can find us sweating it out, yet still thoroughly enjoying that bowl of delicious soup. What is it about sipping our entire meal with a spoon, that we just find so satisfying? Well, it is all about the sweet, creaminess of those sweet potatoes. You really don’t want to wait for the next stormy day, you need to make this tonight. Your family will thank you for it.

Sweet Potato vs. Yam:

In America the terms “Sweet Potato” and “Yam” are used interchangeably and refer to that potato looking thing with the red skin and orange flesh. Yet, you have probably seen something else in the grocery store labeled sweet potato with a light yellow skin, while your orange flesh variety is labeled yams. Guess what? Both of them are sweet potatoes!
The kind of sweet potatoes you think of as yams are simply dark skinned sweet potatoes. You won’t commonly come across true yams in an American grocery store. True yams have brown or black skin and the flesh is either red, purple, or off white. Crazy, huh? You thought you’ve been eating yams all these years!

How many sweet potatoes are in 2 pounds?

Sweet potatoes naturally grow in a variety of shapes and sizes. We have found that it takes about 3 larger sweet potatoes to equal 2 pounds, or 6 medium to small sweet potatoes. It’s a good idea to use the scale in your grocery store to weigh out ingredients like sweet potatoes and potatoes.

Blender vs. Immersion Blender:

We are big fans of the immersion blender. Rather than handling hot liquid to get it into a blender, inevitably spilling, why not just blend in the pot? It seriously reduces our clean up time. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can always carefully pour your soup into a blender fitted with a vented lid. 

Is Simple Sweet Potato Soup vegetarian or vegan?

Simple sweet potato soup is indeed vegetarian, and almost vegan! To make this vegan, simply substitute the cheese with your favorite plant-based substitute.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium low heat until warmed through.

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Sweet Potato Soup in a white bowl topped with cream and green onions.
Simple Sweet Potato Soup is easy to make with the savory flavors of ginger and garlic. Add cheese to give the soup more body and flavor. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions or chives optional
Instructions
  • Place a large soup pot on the stove over medium high heat. Add in olive oil and onion and saute until tender, about 7 minutes. Add in garlic and ginger and saute 1 minute more. 
  • Add in sweet potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Pour in vegetable broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes. 
  • Transfer the soup mixture to a blender and blend in batches until smooth, or use an immersion blender.
  • Return to a pot over low heat and add in the cheddar cheese. Stir until melted. Taste and add more salt if desired. Serve topped with green onions or chives. 
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1022mg | Potassium: 570mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 21993IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet Potato Soup
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