This simple vegan sweet potato soup can’t get much simpler, or tastier! Just 5 main ingredients, less than 30 minutes of cook time, and everything goes into the blender together. The result is a flavorful curried sweet potato soup that’s irresistibly creamy—despite being dairy free and totally plant based!
Once cooked until tender, sweet potato blends up into a lusciously thick texture like you won’t believe. And, don’t be deceived by the short ingredients list and quick prep time. This simple vegan sweet potato soup is FLAVOR-PACKED! Plenty of savory, subtly sweet curry flavor, natural sweetness from the sweet potato, and a refreshing kick of zesty ginger.
Everything goes into the same saucepan to cook, then right into the blender, and your creamy sweet potato soup is ready to serve! Perfect for busy weeknight dinners, or a comforting addition to your fall meal prep menu. Feel free to jazz up the recipe and make this blended sweet potato soup your own!
Vegan Sweet Potato Soup Ingredients
Satisfying, healthy meals don’t need to be complex or
complicated. I wanted to keep this vegan sweet potato soup simple because
that’s what works for me. If healthy cooking is simple, I’m more likely to do
And, the simplicity of this curried sweet potato soup does not mean it’s short on flavor. Between the sweet potato, ginger, and curry powder, it’s bursting with sweetness and spice—like tasting the comfort of fall time, served warm in a bowl!
Again, you can customize this healthy sweet potato soup in all
sorts of different ways. For simplicity’s sake, I made this creamy vegan
soup with just 5 main ingredients, plus some seasonings:
Since the ingredients for this blended sweet potato soup
first get cooked together in a saucepan, I had to start with some sauteed
onions. Granted, you don’t have to start with onions—you can omit
them if you’re not a fan. But, with any dish, I find that sautéing a bit of
onion in oil first thing can bring out so much tasty flavor!
Minced Fresh Garlic
Garlic is another must-have for me—I LOVE garlic’s savory, sumptuous flavor! And, it offers some powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. I find that minced fresh garlic is the most potent and yummy, but jarred minced garlic will work just as well here.
Skip the garlic if you’re not a fan, but this vegan sweet potato
soup turns out more gingery than garlicky overall. Since garlic is a flavor
enhancer, meaning it brings out the flavors in other ingredients, I recommend
giving it a whirl!
Grated Fresh Ginger
Seeing as this is a curried ginger sweet potato soup recipe,
ginger is definitely a key ingredient. Ginger also has powerful health
benefits, and it actually contains one of the most potent anti-inflammatory
compounds on Earth!
For the best flavor, fresh ginger root is the way to go.
Start by cutting off a knob of ginger, then peel the skin away using a spoon or
a paring knife. Once peeled, either grate the ginger using a cheese grater
or simply mince with a knife. Remember, you’ll be putting this entire vegan
sweet potato soup in the blender anyway!
Finally, while I do think ginger is essential to this
curried sweet potato soup, the amount of ginger you use is up to you.
Ginger has a refreshing, eye-opening flavor—not quite spicy, but it does have a
bit of a kick. If you’re unsure, stick with just 1 Tbsp. But, if you’re a
fan of ginger, go with the full 2 Tbsp!
Peeled & Cubed Sweet Potatoes
Of course, this creamy sweet potato soup calls for plenty of sweet potato! You’ll need about 2 cups of peeled and cubed sweet potato for this recipe, but feel free to bulk it up with more if you like. Two large sweet potatoes or 3-4 small/medium sweet potatoes should do the trick, or you can buy pre-peeled and cubed sweet potato if you prefer.
Now, you’ll often see a creamy sweet potato soup recipe that
calls for roasting whole sweet potatoes in the oven. You’re welcome to
go this route, and I honestly love the ultra-caramelized flavor of
roasted sweet potato!
But, I wanted this simple vegan sweet potato soup to be an
easy ONE POT dinner recipe, so I’m simmering everything over the stovetop. The
sweet potatoes turn out just as deliciously tender and flavorful, and my creamy
blended soup can be ready on half the time!
Since our sweet potatoes need to simmer to cook, we need a
liquid to cook them in. I went with vegetable broth, which infuses a tasty,
savory flavor into the potatoes as they cook. Or, you’re also welcome to use
water instead—your curried sweet potato soup may just be a bit less flavorful.
I know many people are looking for a vegan sweet potato soup
with coconut milk, and that’s totally doable! Simply add some coconut milk
to the recipe, or substitute some of the broth volume with coconut milk.
It’s one extra ingredient to add, but coconut milk will make for an
ultra creamy sweet potato soup if you have some on hand!
Spices & Seasonings
Last but not least, just a few basic seasonings take this
curried ginger sweet potato soup to a new level of delicious. Naturally, I used
curry powder to create the “curried” flavor, along with simple salt and pepper.
If you’re not familiar with it, curry powder is a versatile
seasoning that works well in loads of savory dishes. Curry powder is a blend
of spices and herbs, like savory turmeric, cumin, and bay leaf, sweet cinnamon
and clove, and usually some variety of pepper.
Generally, it has a savory, earthy flavor with a hint
sweetness, and sometimes a subtle kick of heat—depending on the type and amount
of pepper used. If you’re new to the seasoning, you may want to give your curry
powder a taste to asses the heat levels and adjust the amount accordingly. It’s
usually not a spicy seasoning, but some curry blends are spicier than others!
How to Make a Blended Sweet Potato Soup
To make this blended sweet potato soup recipe, start by
heating a bit of oil a deep saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chopped
onion and saute until tender, for about 4-5 minutes. Then, add in your garlic
and fresh ginger, continuing to saute for another minute.
When it’s nice in fragrant, you can add the cubed sweet
potato, your seasonings, and some vegetable broth. Bring the
whole vegan sweet potato soup mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer
for 15-20 minutes—until the potatoes are fork tender.
Finally, turn off the heat and your blended sweet potato soup is ready to blend! This recipe yields around 6 cups of soup, so be sure to use a large enough blender or blend your soup in batches. Blend it on up until perfectly creamy!
Also, it’s important to note that some blenders are NOT designed to hold hot foods because they’ll crack. I blended this vegan sweet potato soup in my NutriBullet blender combo, which I love because it can handle hot foods. Be sure to check your blender’s manual or website to find out about yours!
Don’t be shy about making this creamy vegan soup your own—get
creative! There are plenty of substitution ideas to explore, and plenty of
potential additions you could make. Whether you want to use a different base
vegetable, add some protein, or change up the flavors, here are some ideas:
Sweet Potato Substitutes
Yes, this IS a curried sweet potato soup recipe, but you can
also use the same flavorings with a different veggie base! Creamy, starchy
alternatives like butternut squash, pumpkin, parsnips, or even Yukon
gold potatoes could work nicely in this recipe.
Pump Up the Veggies
An easy way to expand this simple vegan sweet potato soup is by adding more veggies! You could try combining 1 cup sweet potato with 1 cup of another root veggie, like butternut squash, carrots, or parsnips. Or, combine sweet potato with another blend-able veggie that has a mild flavor—like cauliflower!
Keep in mind, if you still want all of your blended sweet
potato soup ingredients to go into the blender together, choose veggies
that you’ll enjoy pureed. But, you can also add in some cooked veggies after
blending—like sauteed greens, roasted zucchini, or green peas!
As is, this vegan sweet potato soup recipe offers around 4g protein per serving. But, there are plenty of plant-based options to boost the protein content if you like. Try stirring your favorite cooked beans or lentils into this soup after blending. Or, you could even add a nice, creamy bean—like white or cannellini beans—and blend it up with everything else!
For those who aren’t following an exclusively plant-based
lifestyle, this curried sweet potato soup also works well as a creamy base
mixed with your favorite meat. Shredded or pulled chicken or pork could
stir into this recipe nicely, or even a ground meat like ground beef or
Switch Up the Flavorings
As you might expect, I’d say the curry and ginger flavors
are pretty integral to this curried ginger sweet potato soup recipe. But, you
don’t have to limit yourself to just garlic, ginger, and curry powder.
Go ahead and jazz things up with any additional seasonings you like!
Spices like cumin, chili powder, or garam
masala would all pair nicely in this dish. Maybe some crushed red pepper
if you like a spicy kick, or even cinnamon to enhance the comforting
sweet notes! If you’re a fan of fresh herbs, consider stirring in some chopped
parsley, rosemary, sage, or whatever you like after blending your soup.
Of course, you’re also welcome to use this simple vegan
sweet potato soup as a base recipe and switch up the flavorings entirely!