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Fast & Easy Dinner: Sweet Potato Soup

Fast & Easy Dinner: Sweet Potato Soup

Sick of classic potato soup? Consider this scrumptious recipe for an innovative sweet potato variation. The creamy texture comes from evaporated milk and sautéed leeks provide a mild onion flavor.

This vegetarian recipe is garnished with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, but if you have cheddar cheese and chives on hand use those instead. To learn how to make this mouth-watering and filling puree,


Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Soup


1 1⁄4 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tsp. olive oil
2 leeks (white part only), rinsed well and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbl. sugar
4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1⁄2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1⁄4 cup minced fresh basil


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and pour in enough water to cover. Set pan over high heat, bring to a boil, and let boil until potatoes are fork-tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks, garlic, and sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until leeks soften, about 5 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and broth, bring to a simmer, and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Using an immersion blender, puree until smooth (or use a regular blender, work in batches, and return soup to pan).
  4. Add evaporated milk and simmer for 1 minute to heat through. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and top with a sprinkling of Parmesan and basil.

Serves 4.

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SeafoodLover SeafoodLover 6 years
My hubby loves this soup!
SeafoodLover SeafoodLover 6 years
My hubby loves this soup!
Advah Advah 6 years
I'm addicted to sweet potato but never thought of putting it in soup - thanks! Will make that one tonight!
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
Is there a substitution for the evaporated milk? Most of the canned ones I find have soybean oil in them. Would something like heavy cream or buttermilk or something work?
emalove emalove 6 years
Delicious! I'll eat anything with sweet potato!
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
HoneyAndtheMoon HoneyAndtheMoon 6 years
That looks delicious! Is it lunch time yet?
mswender mswender 6 years
I mean Partysugar! Ooops!
mswender mswender 6 years
I mean Partysugar! Ooops!
mswender mswender 6 years
I want to make this as soon as possible! Sounds delicious! Thanks Yumsugar!
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
only within the past year or 2 have i really begun to get interested in sweet potatoes but this recipe really sounds good. t hanks for posting. i love that you include cheese in the mix - that sounds like it's right up my alley
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