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Easy Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

This Easy Creamy Sweet Potato Soup is dairy-free and vegan and made with carrots, onions, and celery. This is the perfect healthy comfort food dish that has a hint of both sweet and savory flavor.

sweet potato soup in a white bowl with chunks of bacon

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broth, coconut milk, carrots, celery, onions, cinnamon, honey, and garlic in separate bowls on a flat surface

Are you one of those people who debates pumpkin vs sweet potato? I think there’s room for both of them! As such, I have been working to create similar recipes using one or the other is some of my favorite dishes!

If you’ve had my Autumn Butternut Squash Soup, this one is similar but it omits the apples and adds in a triage of veggies. This dish is a great way to sneak in a few extra vegetables!

What’s the Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams?

In most grocery stores there is no difference between the two. Most stores often label sweet potatoes as yams.

Yams have more starch and are drier. They have bumpy tough, brown skin. Yams are typically used in Caribbean and West African dishes. You have probably never eaten yams, as they are hard to find in the United States.

Years ago, Southerners (primarily in Louisiana) started to refer to them as yams. Most yams are simply sweet potatoes.

You can read more about The Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes here.

raw sweet potatoes on a flat surface

How to Make Sweet Potato Soup

  1. Place the Instant Pot on the Saute function. Saute carrots, onions, and celery in the Instant Pot along with olive oil. When translucent and fragrant, add in the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the cut sweet potatoes, broth, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger, honey, nutmeg, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Stir and pressure cook.
collage photo of 4 images with cut vegetables in an Instant pot and uncooked sweet potato soup in an Instant Pot

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasting really brings out the flavor, but it’s totally optional. I like to use the air fryer if I’m going to make roasted soup. Slice it up and then drizzle it with a little olive oil and then air fry it for 12-15 minutes on 400 degrees.

If using the oven, slice it up and bake the sweet potatoes for 25-30 minutes on 400 degrees.

a wooden spoon in a pot of sweet potato soup

Stove Top Instructions

  1. Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and oil and oil to a large pot or Dutch oven on medium-high heat. Saute until fragrant and translucent and add the garlic.
  2. Add in the cut sweet potatoes, broth, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, ginger, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Use an immersion blender to blend.
sweet potato soup in a large wooden spoon

What to Top the Soup With/Toppings Ideas

  • Heavy cream or Sour Cream
  • Greek Yogurt (plain, non-fat)
  • Bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • Chives
  • Croutons
sweet potato soup in a white bowl with chunks of bacon

How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

It will last for 3-4 days tightly covered.

Freezer Tips

I like to freeze the soup using these freezer molds from Amazon. I defrost the soup by placing it in this Crockpot warmer for a couple of hours. You can also defrost it in the fridge overnight.

sweet potato soup in a white bowl with chunks of bacon

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a spoonful of sweet potato soup in a white bowl with chunks of bacon
sweet potato soup in a white bowl with chunks of bacon
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Easy Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

This Easy Creamy Sweet Potato Soup is dairy-free and vegan and made with carrots, onions, and celery. This is the perfect healthy comfort food dish that has a hint of both sweet and savory flavor.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword roasted sweet potato soup, sweet potato soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 174kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves Minced
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes This was 3 large sweet potatoes for me. Peeled and cut into large chunks.
  • 3 cups broth I used chicken, you can also use vegetable.
  • 13.5 oz can of coconut milk I used full fat.
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger If using fresh, using 1/4 teaspoon.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika I like to used Smoked paprika.
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Instant Pot

  • Place the Instant Pot on the Saute function. Saute the carrots, onions, and celery in the Instant Pot along with the olive oil. When translucent and fragrant, add in the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the cut sweet potatoes, broth, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger, honey, nutmeg, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir and pressure cook for 15 minutes, Manual > Pressure Cooking.
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, quick release the steam.
  • Open the pot and use an immersion blender to blend until creamy. Be careful. You may consider waiting until the soup has cooled to blend. You can also try using a high-powered blender.
  • Cool before serving.

Stovetop

  • Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and oil and oil to a large pot or Dutch oven on medium-high heat. Saute until fragrant and translucent and add the garlic.
  • Add in the cut sweet potatoes, broth, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, ginger, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 30 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender to blend.

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Notes

  • You can use a regular blender to blend the soup if you don’t have an immersion blender. Be very careful.
  • This soup is meant to be sweet, if you want a more savory soup you can reduce or omit the amount of honey used. You can also substitute with a sweetener. Start with a teaspoon and taste repeatedly and adjust to suit your needs.
  • Roasting really brings out the flavor, but it’s totally optional. I like to use the air fryer if I’m going to make roasted soup. Slice it up and then drizzle it with a little olive oil and then air fry it for 12-15 minutes on 400 degrees. If using the oven, slice it up and bake the sweet potatoes for 25-30 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • You can substitute coconut milk for heavy cream or a mix of 1/2 almond milk and 1/2 cream. I find that almond milk only is too watery. If you use either of these, add them in before you puree the soup, as opposed to before pressure cooking
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g
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Recipe Rating




Libby

Sunday 29th of November 2020

She does it again!! This is so freaking good. I had a bunch of sweet potatoes that needed to be used and this recipe came to the rescue! I roasted them in my air fryer, like the boss suggested, and I used smoked paprika, per her suggestion, too. The soup is crazy good with some bacon on top. I love a thick soup and this did not disappoint! Thank you once again, Brandi!

staysnatched

Sunday 29th of November 2020

You're welcome! I'm glad the tips worked!