Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

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This delicious Spicy Sweet Potato Soup is rich, creamy and a touch decadent! But you won’t find any cream, fat or butter in this easy, healthy soup.

spicy sweet potato soup served in a white bowl, topped with crushed nuts and cilantro

When colder weather hits, I turn to soups that have rich, warm flavors and a bit of heat — to warm me up from the inside out. This spicy sweet potato soup is the perfect way to escape from the cold! It’s decadent, filling, but also happens to be vegan, gluten-free and low-carb!

I like my food on the spicier side, so I added a bunch of additional spices to the original recipe that gave it even more warmth and comfort. My husband gobbled this up so fast, he was onto his second bowl before I finished my first!

spicy sweet potato soup served in a white bowl, topped with crushed nuts and cilantro

The best part was this was super easy to make – took just a little over 30 minutes total (including prep and simmering time).

The cilantro and peanuts added a great depth of flavor and texture to the soup. You can serve this as an appetizer for a dinner party in smaller portions, or in bigger soup bowls for a light dinner for the whole family.

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need for Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

ingredients for spicy sweet potato soup - sweet potatoes, onions, spices, cilantro, crushed nuts

How To Make Spicy Sweet Potato Soup – Step By Step

Step 1: Sauté the onions and garlic in 1/4 cup of vegetable stock to prevent sticking. Meanwhile, bake the sweet potatoes in the microwave or the oven.

onions sauteed in a pot

Step 2: Place sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, and spices into the pot. Add 4 cups of vegetable broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover.

sweet potatoes, spices and broth added to pot

Step 3: Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, or until all of the ingredients are tender. 

soup simmering on stovetop in large pot

Step 4: Turn off the heat and puree with a hand blender until smooth, adding more broth to achieve desired consistency.

immersion blender going into sweet potato soup

Step 5: Once the soup is pureed, bring it back to a simmer to warm it through.

blended sweet potato soup in a pot, ready to serve

Step 6: Ladle into bowls and top each bowl with cilantro and chopped peanuts. Enjoy!

spicy sweet potato soup served in a white bowl, topped with crushed nuts and cilantro

What makes this Spicy Sweet Potato Soup healthy?

  • Rich in Fiber: Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of fiber. They help you feel fuller longer and help with your digestive system. Studies also show that foods rich in fiber such as sweet potatoes can lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. The fiber and complex carbohydrates in sweet potatoes can help keep your blood sugar stable. Each bowl has about 3g fiber.
  • Low in Calories and Fat: This recipe makes 6 servings. One serving of this soup has about 120 calories (without the peanuts) and 150 calories (with the peanuts). 
  • Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients: The curry powder is loaded with flavorful and beneficial spices such as anti-inflammatory turmeric and cumin, which also helps with digestion. 
  • Rich in Vitamins and Nutrients: Sweet potatoes are also high in potassium, which works in balance with sodium in your body to maintain healthy blood pressure.

Will kids enjoy this Spicy Sweet Potato Soup?

This soup is creamy with a hint of sweetness from the sweet potatoes. The curry and other spices add some heat. To make this soup more kid friendly dial back the heat. Add the red pepper flakes to the soup after you give the kids their serving!

spicy sweet potato soup served in a white bowl, topped with crushed nuts and cilantro with spoon

What makes this sweet potato soup spicy?

This soup has an array of spices including curry powder, red pepper flakes, cumin, and cinnamon. The mixture of these spices brings a depth of flavor to this soup. The red pepper flakes is what gives this soup its kick. Curry powders differ from one to the other but you can expect that most curry powders contain the following spices: turmeric, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dried chillies, black pepper, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, mustard seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, peppercorns and bay leaves. The turmeric is what gives curry the distinctive yellow coloring. The added cumin and cinnamon adds more richness to the broth.  

What’s the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?

The skin of a yam looks kind of like tree bark, while a sweet potato is more reddish-brown. Real yams are different type of root vegetable from sweet potatoes that have a starchier consistency, and the flesh is not as sweet. Both sweet potatoes and yams have health benefits and are rich in vitamins and minerals. Sweet potatoes are slightly lower in calorie than yams, and have more beta-carotene and vitamin C. While both contain decent amounts of B vitamins.

spoonful of spicy sweet potato soup served in a white bowl, topped with crushed nuts and cilantro

Can You Freeze Sweet Potato Soup?

Yes! Allow to cool completely. Then transfer to an air tight container leaving some room at the top for expansion. This soup will be good for 2-3 months in the freezer. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge. Reheat on the stovetop.

What To Serve With This Curried Sweet Potato Soup

This soup is hearty and filling all on it’s own, but it would be fantastic with these additions.

  • Crusty whole wheat bread
  • Garlic bread
  • Whole wheat pita chips
  • Beet Salad
  • Winter Greens Salad with Kale and Apple

Top Tips For Curried Sweet Potato Soup 

  • Soups are great for batch cooking, so you can double up on ingredients to create a bigger batch. 
  • Remove the skin from the sweet potato – after cooking – if you want a super creamy soup.
  • Taste and adjust with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Use low-sodium vegetable broth.
  • Top the soup with cilantro and chopped peanuts.
  • Freeze soups after they have been chilled overnight in the fridge. Soups will last up to two months in the freezer.
  • If you’re serving a hot soup, make sure it’s actually hot. Also, the ideal serving size for an appetizer portion is about 1 cup (250ml), while a meal portion is about 1 1/3 cups (350ml).

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Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

While this sweet potato soup is definitely decadent and filling, you will find no cream, fat or butter in this recipe.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time35 mins

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Soup

Cuisine: American, Indian

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 120kcal

Author: Anjali Shah
  • 4-6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes baked with skin (you can remove the skin after baking if you want a super creamy soup)
  • 2 tsp curry powder more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes omit if you don’t like things too spicy!
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cinnamon about 3 shakes of the bottle
  • 1/2 tsp Salt more to taste
  • Chopped cilantro garnish
  • Chopped peanuts garnish (1 tbsp per bowl)
  • Steam and saute the onions and garlic, adding stock as needed to prevent sticking. Meanwhile, bake the sweet potatoes in the microwave or the oven.

  • Add 4 cups of vegetable broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover.

  • Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, or until all of the ingredients are tender. 

  • Turn off the heat and puree with a hand blender until smooth, adding more broth to achieve desired consistency.

  • Once the soup is pureed, bring it back to a simmer to warm it through.

  • Ladle into bowls and top each bowl with cilantro and chopped peanuts. Enjoy!

Top Tips For Curried Sweet Potato Soup 

  • Soups are great for batch cooking, so you can double up on ingredients to create a bigger batch. 
  • Remove the skin from the sweet potato – after cooking – if you want a super creamy soup.
  • Taste and adjust with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Use low-sodium vegetable broth.
  • Top the soup with cilantro and chopped peanuts.
  • Freeze soups after they have been chilled overnight in the fridge. Soups will last up to two months in the freezer.
  • If you’re serving a hot soup, make sure it’s actually hot. Also, the ideal serving size for an appetizer portion is about 1 cup (250ml), while a meal portion is about 1 1/3 cups (350ml).

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4.1g