Southern Sweet Potato Soup

Susan Feliciano


I really love sweet potatoes, and find them a very healthful side dish. So I've tried making them into more main dishes. Not too sweet, this soup will warm your insides and become a new favorite comfort food. Be sure to check out the simpler version in the last step.


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15 Min
50 Min
Stove Top


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  • 2-3 medium
    sweet potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter or olive oil
  • 1 c
    onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c
    celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c
    carrots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c
    bell pepper, diced
  • 3 clove
    mined garlic
  • 6 1/2 c
    chicken broth or vegetable stock, divided
  • 3 Tbsp
    sorghum or molasses
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    half and half
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Southern Sweet Potato Soup


  1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into ½” chunks; set aside.
  2. In large, heavy bottomed soup kettle, heat butter or oil over medium heat. Cook onion, celery and carrots until onion softens, about 4 minutes. Add bell pepper and garlic; stir and cook another 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add 6 cups of the chicken broth, reserving ½ cup. Add molasses, potatoes, salt, cinnamon, and turmeric. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft. Stir occasionally.
  4. Stir cornstarch into reserved ½ cup chicken broth, then stir this into the soup. Simmer another 10 minutes.
  5. If desired, puree the soup with a hand blender or in a food processor. Return soup to pot and stir in the half & half. Heat to serving temperature but do not boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Quicker version using canned sweet potatoes:
    Use two 15-ounce cans sweet potatoes. Drain and reserve the liquid, and cut potatoes into ½” chunks. Add chicken broth to the reserved liquid to make the 6 ½ cups. Use 2 cups frozen Mirapoix mix to replace the onion, celery and carrots in step 2. Omit molasses and ½ tsp of the salt. You may only need to simmer 15 minutes instead of 30 in step 3. Proceed as above.

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About Southern Sweet Potato Soup

Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy

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