I am making this right now. Not having leeks I added a small red onion, and added another couple of celery sticks. I added ginger as from a suggestion in the comments and will use coconut cream at the end instead of milk. It sounds amazing. As soon as I can, I will also comment to let you know how it was! for no, a big THANK YOU!
I made this soup to day and I kind of varied it a lot. I used 2 1/2 sweet potatoes and 1/2 of a bag of baby carrots I used organic vegetable broth instead of the chicken broth. I also used 1/2 of a Vidalia onion, the green tops of 2 leeks no bottoms, one stalk of celery, a clove of garlic, organic cinnamon powder instead of the stick, chopped ginger in place of the nutmeg and since I don’t do dairy I sautéed the veggies in Coconut oil and used a can of coconut milk in place of the heavy cream and milk. And if I do say so myself it turned out wonderful. Since I planned to give some to friends I did not put anything else in it but when I reheat mine I plan to put a little Saracha in it just to spice it up a bit.
Just finished making this. Lovely and creamy….I love my immersible blender just for pureeing soup! The only slightly negative comment I have would be the amount of onion/leek listed….it’s a wee bit overpowering. I think I would eliminate one or the other next time I make it, or if using both, reduce amounts by 50%. Also I warmed the milk/cream in the microwave before adding to the soup, just to ensure it wouldn’t curdle. I would definitely recommend this recipe to my friends :-)
excellent soup.. I added 2 tsp cayenne, just to give it some kick…
This was delicious! I also wanted to try a substitute for the cream. I added a teaspoon of corn starch to whole milk and blended this in instead. It did not curdle and came out creamy and smooth.
I see that a lot of people are looking to substitute the cream and milk with something non-dairy. I am lactose intolerant and I find that coconut milk is the closest to half and half and has less caloriest too. Its also a great sub for milk when I make my ice cream
Did you use the coconut milk in substitution of both the milk and whipping cream? Or just in place of regular milk.
This was wonderful. I subbed extra onions for the leek and evaporated milk (12 oz.) for the cream and milk. Yum! Thank you for sharing this with us!
Loved this soup! Made it today and my husband and I had two large bowls each for dinner. Since my husband is lactose intolerant, I substituted soy milk for the cream and milk.
I just made this, but substituted the cream and milk with silken tofu (tossed it in the blender with the soup). Turned out creamy and fantastic (and lots less calories)! Also, don’t bother peeling the potatoes.
Although one might not get exactly the same creaminess, to create a non-dairy version, in place of the cream and milk I use soy milk. This works fairly well. Looking forward to trying the recipe.
Elise, I love your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. Can you think of a substitute for the cream and milk that wouldn’t compromise the flavor?
Hi Sasha, You can make the sweet potato soup without cream and milk, just add more stock, it just won’t be as rich or as creamy smooth. ~Elise
I just made this recipe on a whim after googling “sweet potato soup” and my husband, sister-in-law and mother-in-law loved it.
Thank you for this recipe. I made it for this past Thanksgiving and it was great. Made it again for Christmas dinner, this time without the onions and garlic, and it was a big hit with the younger kids at the table.
Tried sweet potato soup but added great nothern beans and omited the cream and the cinnamon and nutmeg. Added some white potato, was delicious, quick and simple.
Loved this soup! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Elise, Thank you so much for the delicious recipe! This is my second Thanksgiving using your recipe and I’m sure it will be just as delicious this year as the last!
I also will be substituting soy milk because we keep kosher so it can be eaten with the turkey.
And you’re right, the maple syrup really is the key!
I’m not the greatest of cooks but I needed to find a starter for a progressive dinner (a different course at a different place in our case on boats in a marina in Crete) we are having next week.
I tested this soup out today and it is fabulous. With the wholemeal walnut bread I have managed to perfect I think it is going to be a show stopper.
Thank you so much
Wow, a progressive dinner in boats on Crete! Can’t get much closer to heaven than that :-)
Can I make this, and freeze it? It’s so yummy, I want to make it in bulk and save some for later.
I assume so, though haven’t tried it. If you do, please let us know how it turns out. ~Elise
OMG! I made this a vegan soup and it was amazing and so simple. Leave out the celery tops. Chopped cilantro might be good but why mess with something so perfect, right?
This recipe came up on Google for “sweet potato soup” and looked very pleasant. I’m a novice at soups (i.e., chicken soup from my weekly roasts is the most exploration I’ve attempted), but this turned out to be much easier than it appeared at first blush and went nicely with our Thanksgiving meal – not too sweet, and remained flavourful despite all the cream. Well balanced and an excellent accompaniment for our dinner.
I actually don’t enjoy sweet potatoes, having bought them for this holiday with my spouse in mind. When she unexpectedly declined to have any in the more traditional style, this turned out to be a dish we both could enjoy.
I forgot to mention that I left out the butter, and used high heat safflower oil to saute the veggies. Even though I substituted with oil and tofu, it was still very creamy and delicious.
I had sweet potato soup last evening and the restaurant had some carrots & chicken in it.
Still needed some flavoring, maybe I could use yours and add the chicken?
Why not try it and see? ~Elise
BTW: the yam is a tropical vegetable with a tough, hairy skin, white flesh, and when cooked is bland and has little food value.
When the sweet potato came onto the market, grocers didn’t want customers to confuse them with the white-fleshed potatoes (what my grandmother called “Irish potatoes”), so they adopted the term “yam.” But all those things at your grocer—sweet potatoes and yams—are varieties of sweet potatoes.
Note from Elise: Indeed, this comes up with every sweet potato/yam recipe. But as long as the grocers continue to label sweet potatoes as yams, then we’ll continue using that label as well.
The soup reminded me of this recipe you might enjoy:
Bourbon Sweet Potatoes
4 1/2 lbs mixed varieties of sweet potatoes
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup bourbon
2 Tbs butter
1/2 cup (or more) walnuts, coarsely chopped
Bake potatoes in jackets in a hot oven for 1 hour or until soft. Scoop out the meat and beat it with the soft butter, bourbon, and salt. Don’t overdo the bourbon—I did once and it tasted too strong. Put the mix in a shallow, greased baking dish. Dot with butter and walnuts. Bake at 350º for 20 minutes.
Note from Elise: That sounds wonderful, thank you!
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