Curried Potato and Vegetable Soup

In honor of my friend Barbara Harris and her efforts with the food blogger Taste of Yellow event raising awareness for Lance Armstrong’s LiveSTRONG Day, I set out to make a vibrant, yellow soup. This curried potato soup is filled with Yukon Gold yellow potatoes, cauliflower, yellow bell peppers, yellow onions, corn, and yellow summer squash. Can one possibly get more yellow than that? Wait, the butter is yellow too, and turmeric stains everything it touches yellow. This recipe uses a couple summer seasonal ingredients – the corn and squash – but you could easily substitute a sweet potato (put it in early with the Yukon Golds).

My mother and I both loved it, especially with some cilantro mixed in. My father doesn’t like curry so his vote doesn’t count.

Curried Potato and Vegetable Soup Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 8.

Here's a tip, don't skimp on the butter.



  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, quartered, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth (use vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups roughly chopped cauliflower florets (about 1/2 a head)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (more to taste)
  • 1 cup corn kernels (frozen is fine)
  • 2 small yellow summer squash, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves (or parsley) for garnish


1 In a large pot (6-quart), melt butter over medium high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, carrot and cumin seeds. Cook, stirring occasionally until the onions are soft and the bell pepper is lightly browned. Add the turmeric, mustard seed, and curry powder and cook for a minute more. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds more.

2 Add the potatoes, the broth, water, cauliflower, and salt. Increase the heat to high to bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high or medium, enough to maintain a simmer. Let simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

3 Add the corn and summer squash, cook for 10 minutes more, until the vegetables are cooked through. Use an immersion blender (or a regular blender) to purée about half of the soup. Adjust seasonings.

Garnish with chopped cilantro (or parsley, though cilantro is particularly good with this soup).

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  • Becki

    Looks wonderful! And what a wonderful event – I can’t wait to check out some more yellow food.

  • Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    I was right there with you, right up to the cauliflower, which isn’t my favorite. I might substitute a bit of grated parsnip, to keep the soup a bright yellow, or increase the amount of yellow squash.

  • Kalyn

    I’ll keep the cauliflower, and plenty of cilantro in mine too! It sounds like a delicious (and very yellow) soup!

  • subha

    I really like your recipies. But as an Indian for whom turmeric is the base of most food I have a suggestion on using turmeric. It is better to roast the turmeric in the pan before adding water. That cooks the tumeric and gives a better flavor. I would suggest adding the turmeric in the very first stage of the cooking. This goes for any Indian food.

    Great suggestion, thank you! I’ve adjusted the recipe. I usually do cook the spices first, and you’re right, the flavor is better. ~Elise

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