Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup You Can’t Get Enough Of

December 6, 2017
The Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup You Can't Get Enough Of - A smooth and spicy sweet potato soup with a vibrant color that's filled with Thai aromatics

From paper snowflakes in the windows .. to catching cranberries in the driveway .. to mastering the art of gumdrop making .. a few things that have been happening in our world

lately

Photo Credit – Instagram – @groehrs

Reading / Re-Reading – David Brooks' The Road to Character .. after listening to his interview on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday.  Favorite quote/thought:

“I met a group of women who taught immigrants English and how to read.  I walk in a room with like 30 of them.  Immediately you're hit with a radiating wave of goodness and patience and simplicity.  They didn't know me from Adam, but they treated me like I was valuable.  Immediately I saw they radiated an inner light, with joy and gratitude about life.  And so I thought .. I've achieved way more in my career than I ever thought I would, but when I see that inner light .. I haven't achieved that.  How do you get that?”      ~ David Brooks

Cooking – from my latest cookbooks .. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and Cook Beautiful.  The first a gift to my son who tried to gift it back because it was so good and he was sure I needed it too  (now we both have a copy)

Thankful – for 3 am inspiration recorded on a darkened computer screen.  Big fluffy puppies who keep your spot warm.  Lemon chicken on the stovetop

Ordering – action figures from Amazon, a stand-in for a toddler's Squinkies obsession.  Also ordering planners, kombucha, ghee, i.e. clearly avoiding the grocery, or the act of putting on pants

Finding – my mind wandering to frivolity while driving across town, as in “What shall my signature style be for winter?  Do I need a floral tunic?  A hand knit hat with a big pom pom on top?”  No, quite possibly yes

The Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup You Can't Get Enough Of - A smooth and spicy sweet potato soup with a vibrant color that's filled with Thai aromaticsThe Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup You Can't Get Enough Of - A smooth and spicy sweet potato soup with a vibrant color that's filled with Thai aromaticsWatchingFargo   (Thank-you to everyone who didn't spoil the ending of inging Bad for us)   Are there any other series we should add to our list?

Stocking – our freezer with superfood smoothies from Daily Harvest.  A few favorites?  Chai + Coconut .. Cacao + Avocado .. and Pineapple + Matcha.   Any great smoothie combos you've been sipping on lately?

Snacking on – White Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs  (gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, keto, dairy-free, nut-free option friendly).  They're so nice to have on hand for something quick, easy, and feel-good

Googling – healthier Christmas cookies

Spending Time – jigsaw puzzling .. burning candles .. ignoring the inbox .. writing Christmas cards

Happy – For meandering Sunday walks with the puppies (off leash!) .. surprise flowers in the kitchen .. mulled wine .. dressed up left-overs .. a wear (again and again) flannel shirt

Harry and Sally – October, 2017 – at The Iowa Arboretum looking festive for Halloween

Missing – yoga, attempting downward dogs in the kitchen.  Back at kickboxing class (mostly) 

Navigating – last week's diagnosis of Celiac disease.  They're pretty sure it was triggered by the acute stress of my kid's teenage years    (much more to come – The Veggies is going gluten-free!)   

Grateful – for two very kind medical and naturopathic doctors .. and the first night I've slept all the way through in truly, I can't remember how long

Waiting – for winter with big bubbly pots of something on the stovetop

The Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup You Can't Get Enough Of - A smooth and spicy sweet potato soup with a vibrant color that's filled with Thai aromaticsThe Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup You Can't Get Enough Of - A smooth and spicy sweet potato soup with a vibrant color that's filled with Thai aromatics

This is one of the best soups I've made in a long time.  At a glance .. we're talking about an infusion of herbs, spices, and aromatics coming together in a creamy sweet potato puree.  Easy enough

But what we're really after is the beautiful, flavor-infused coconut milk broth, fragrant with garlic, lemongrass, and ginger.  We want heat from chili flakes and zings of tanginess of the fresh lime juice.  Earthy sweet potatoes to keep things grounded.  In short, for something that appears simple, there's really a lot going on here

Striking the right balance of flavors is key

While I outline the recipe below .. making it really great is up to you.  My limes might be more acidic.. my ginger more potent.  The beauty of this soup is that you're going to want to close your eyes at various points along the way .. taste .. and really think about what it needs

Taste and tweak .. taste and adjust.  Make changes little by little until you have a something that you love

It’s terrific with a little coconut milk swirled in on top .. and best eaten in a big, beautiful bowl .. with a slurpy spoon, crusty bread, a glass of wine, and someone you love   🥂

Enjoy!

xoxo

The Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup You Can't Get Enough Of - A smooth and spicy sweet potato soup with a vibrant color that's filled with Thai aromatics

 

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~ Adapted from BBC Good Food

5.0 from 21 reviews
Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup You Can't Get Enough Of
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, halved lengthwise
  • olive oil
  • fine grain sea salt
  • 1 can coconut milk + extra to serve
  • 3½ cups chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp red Thai curry paste
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, halved and bruised
  • 2" piece of ginger, halved
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • juice from ½ of a lime
  • dried chili flakes, to serve
Instructions
  1. Roast the Sweet Potatoes
  2. Preheat oven to 425 deg F
  3. Place the sweet potato, cut-side up, on a baking sheet
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 1 hour, or until they're fork tender
  6. Set aside and allow to cool

  7. Thai Sweet Potato Soup
  8. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, add the coconut milk, stock, lemongrass, ginger, and limes to a large saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil
  9. Remove from heat
  10. Strain out the lemongrass, ginger, and lime leaves
  11. Scoop out the flesh of each sweet potato, discard the skins, and place in your blender (or food processor)
  12. Add half of the infused coconut milk and blend until smooth
  13. Return to saucepan with the remaining coconut milk and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and hot
  14. Divide the soup between bowls, top with extra coconut milk, and sprinkle with chili flakes to server

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63 Comments

  • Reply Mike December 6, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Like all your recipes this one looks amazing too. I am going to share this with my friend who is a big soup fan! Great photos too!

  • Reply Alli Smith December 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

    I would love to ignore my inbox for a few days and I need to get those Christmas cards completed and in the mail. I’m always looking for new recipes starring sweet potatoes and I love how you mentioned tasting and tweaking as you go.

  • Reply robin rue December 6, 2017 at 5:34 am

    This looks like a sweet potato soup I remember from a Bon Appetit a couple of years ago. It was the only food magazine I’ve ever flagged everything in because it was full of the most incredible fall recipes. We had it with a big green salad on the side and it was fantastic! My husband raved and he doesn’t like sweet potatoes. Go figure. Love, love, love your website and have passed it on to so many foodie friends. Thanks for your great efforts!

  • Reply Tomi C December 6, 2017 at 5:34 am

    I have heard great things about Fargo. I have been so busy prepping the house for holiday entertaining that I really haven’t been watching much tv as of late. I may have to add Fargo to my watch list. With temps dipping this weekend it’ll be nice to kickback, relax, watch tv while enjoying a steaming hot bowl of soup.

  • Reply Amber Myers December 6, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I know I’d love this soup. Yum. It’s especially chilly today, so this soup would be perfect.

    I’m so glad you were able to sleep better!

  • Reply Jenni December 6, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Oh wow this looks delicious, I love Asian inspired food. Lovely on a cold winters day

  • Reply LauraOinAK December 6, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I love soup during the winter when the temperatures drop and you need to warm the body up. I haven’t had anything quite like this one, but it sounds delicious.
    And, I need to check out those fat bombs!!!

  • Reply Daria December 6, 2017 at 9:46 am

    This looks absolutely divine. I love the challenge of balancing Asian flavors. It would be perfect right about now for dinner in Canada (esp with a glass of white), as it’s pretty darn cold. This goes on my ‘to cook asap’ list!

  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh December 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Whenever I see a new post, I’m always excited to try your recipes (and often do). Thanks for a beautifully written blog that inspires me every day.

  • Reply Sabrina December 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Wow! look very delicious to me! I’d love preparing soup for every meal. This is also perfect for colder days to warm up your body. Thanks for sharing this great pics!

  • Reply Joely Smith December 6, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I love your post and how you have outlined so many things in here but I can’t help to just skip to this soup recipe! I mean HELLO! Did you make this JUST for ME??? I LOVE creamy soups and Thai anything is a huge fav of mine! This is totally going into my menu SOON! Thank you for the inspiration and recipe! Gosh I really wish I could make it right now!

  • Reply Jeanette December 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

    It sounds like you have had a pretty good time lately! That is awesome! We are doing a lot of the same things here! This soup is going to be added to my menu planning for next week!

  • Reply candy December 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I gave up on sending Christmas cards years ago. The stress was to much and I decided i didn’t need more stress. Your sweet potato soup does look yummy.

  • Reply Sarah Bailey December 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    My other half is such a fan off all things sweet potato, even things I was sure he wouldn’t like, so I need to make this for him to try.

  • Reply Agnes Dela Cruz December 6, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Just in time to stumble upon this recipe, I just bought a kilo of sweet potato from my weekend market! I am excited about the combination of tastes; it’s sweetness and nuttiness at the same time.

  • Reply Heather December 6, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Great tastes think alike and we must have been craving the same flavors this week! I just posted a Thai yellow curry with pumpkin, tofu and spinach. (And then got your email) Your photos are lovely, as always. Have a great rest of your week, Ali. I hope you’re doing ok. x

  • Reply corinne & kirsty December 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I should be googling healthier christmas cookies too. Healthier anything to be honest ahah! This soup looks delicious and now is the perfect time!

  • Reply Jenn @ EngineerMommy December 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Yes, my inbox is always a nightmare. New mail comes in faster than I can handle it. As for the soup, Tmy husband has a thing for soup in the colder months, and so we always have (gasp) several cans of it lying around. I’ve been searching for some homemade versions, so will definitely give this a go!

  • Reply Pam December 6, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I had no idea you had been diagnosed with Celiac Disease recently! My daughter actually has that, she was diagnosed in 2012.

  • Reply lisalisa December 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ve found since I’ve gotten older that soups are my favorite food especially during the winter months. Since being diagnosed with diabetes I’ve also been seeking to eat healthier. This is a good recipe to try out and share with the family…thanks!

  • Reply Nina December 6, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I would love to try this with some coriander root and maybe some pounded dried shrimp for even more of a Thai flavor. So glad for the extra coconut milk to counter the heat-of-the-sun spiciness that I always add to my food. There’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a chilly winter’s day.

  • Reply Jennifer Van Huss December 6, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    That soup looks delicious!! I love how thick and creamy it looks! That will be the perfect dinner for a cold winters night! I can’t wait to make this recipe for my family!

  • Reply soonjoo December 6, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I know exactly what you mean, it’s so hard not to just keep tinkering with something like this. Before you know it you’ve got too much chile or too much salt or too much liquid. It’s hard for me to trust a recipe and leave things well enough alone, but sometimes I’m sure I’d be better off. I love the idea of this sweet potato soup and I also love the idea of wanting something on the stovetop again, now that the weather has cooled down. Light and invigorating or not, I’d been staying away from soup-y things this summer and I’m so glad to be reintroducing them back into to my diet.

  • Reply Mjchristine December 6, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    This looks amazing! Apart from Thai food being some of my favorite dishes, I’m in love with all these ingredients. Bon appetit!

  • Reply Melanie December 6, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Really superb stuff and thanks for the inspiration. Just what I needed on this rainy day in Bristol. So warming and healthy. At our house, anything Thai is the stuff dreams are made of. x

  • Reply valmg @ Mom Knows It All December 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Those dogs are beautiful. I am always grateful when our lab Dobby keeps my spot warm or even better warms it up for me. ps: Did you know you can use the green tops from lemongrass in tea (hot or cold)? My mother-in-law is from Mexico where it’s a common custom

  • Reply emman damian December 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was the perfect meal to feed to the woman I love on the first miserably cold evening since winter began. ps: You’ll be so proud, we even lit a candle!

  • Reply Sreekar December 6, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Have always been a fan of Thai cuisine. Your soup sure seems tasty. Loved the ending punch with coconut milk on top. I’m sure adds to the juiciness! And ya me too googling away more holiday pastry ideas!

  • Reply Claudia Krusch December 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I love your way with words, Ali, and (as always) your recipe sounds so good. And I agree with the measurements being just a guide. I always taste and adjust to my preference too. It’s also so nice to see that all of the ingredients are things I’ve heard of before because lots of times there can be some hard to find ones in these types of recipes!

  • Reply Melanie December 6, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Sunday walks with the puppies yes please. I need to stock my freezer with smoothie stuff also. This soup looks like a lovely winter warmer x

  • Reply Censie Sawyer December 6, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Your “spending time” things sound like the perfect winter to do list. Love it. This is a fun post. I have never thought of listing this all out. What a busy but fun season. This soup sounds great. I love baking and cooking with sweet potatoes.

  • Reply Ricci December 7, 2017 at 12:31 am

    I love how you encourage your readers to adjust the flavors according to their ingredients. It’s so true that ginger and peppers and spices can vary in potency. Plus, we all like our soup a little different anyway. Lemongrass is one of my favorites. I just stick it in, slit lengthwise, into a pot of soup and take it out right before serving. It lends flavor without having the texture of the fibrous lemongrass

  • Reply Joanna December 7, 2017 at 1:58 am

    I have been traveling for quite some time now and let me tell you, I missed my zumba class at the gym so much. When I returned it was the teacher’s time to go on holiday so I will only see her next in January. I do enjoy my zumba, probably the same as you enjoy your yoga. And isn’t Amazon great? I’ve done all my Christmas shopping there, without having to go to the shops and get lost in the sea of people fighting for Christmas presents.

  • Reply Rhian Westbury December 7, 2017 at 4:25 am

    I love putting sweet potato in soup as it really thickens it up x

  • Reply Elizabeth December 7, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Gosh that soup sounds delicious, just what we need to warm up before Storm Caroline hits! Love that cranberry orange doodle lady too 🙂

  • Reply Chasity L Boatman December 7, 2017 at 5:03 am

    When my husband is away I often eat nothing but mashed sweet potatoes for dinner. I’m thinking this would actually border on a real meal for my “single girl” nights. Plus, I just love Thai food. Such a delectable mix of flavors.

  • Reply Shelley King December 7, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Ali,
    I just discovered your blog a few days ago, and I have not been able to go a day since without visiting and feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit in the world of foodies (and life). I especially loved the comment in one of your posts about how much better food is when made at home, when you make it yourself.
    My husband is a (former) professional chef and it’s really hard for us to eat out in our small Louisiana town. There are only three or four restaurants worth eating at.
    Anyway, this sweet potato soup looks gorgeous and comforting.
    Thank you for such a beautifully written blog filled with photos that make someone want to get in the kitchen and create! xo

  • Reply Marysa December 7, 2017 at 6:47 am

    My fiance had his wisdom teeth out last week and he raved about the potato leek soup I made from your site. I also made your chicken soup and the creamy tomato soup – both were amazing! Excited to try this one too.

  • Reply Jeanine December 7, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Oh yum! I have been craving major soups lately, and I’m getting tired of the same ones. This looks like it would be really delicious and I think even my husband would enjoy it with me!

  • Reply Melissa Dixon December 7, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I am looking forward to having family from far away come visit but also on a daily basis I am thankful for having my dream home. Although we plan on moving to a rural area with more land, I am happy to live in my favorite place while I still do.

  • Reply Ut Minh December 7, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Ali, I’m a soup girl too and if you’re ever in a soup rut, I would highly recommend Dori Greenspan’s Paris Mushroom soup. It is so essentially French and so perfect as a starter, or as a main with some bread, cheese and salad that I have made it three times already this fall.

  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea December 7, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Ali, you’re a lifesaver. I was just pondering how I should include sweet potatoes into my day, and this comes up. Thank you!

  • Reply Kita Bryant December 7, 2017 at 11:01 am

    My husband and I just got back from Florida, where I’m pretty sure “wintry mix” isn’t even part of their vocabulary. This sweet potato soup looks like the perfect way to (finally!) use up those CSA sweet potatoes that have been hanging out in my pantry. YUM!

  • Reply kirsty December 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Sorry to hear that you’ve been diagnosed celiac that must have been a shock. I’m not Celiac but I’ve found when I’m really stressed my body cannot tolerate gluten. The soup looks tasty and warming perfect for the cold nights.

  • Reply Michelle Cantu December 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    My taste buds are literally exploding looking at this soup. It looks so delicious, I need to try it. I love the coconut milk addition, it reminds me of a frothy latte.

  • Reply melissa major December 7, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    This is quite probably one of the best soups I’ve ever made. It was bound to turn out great, with so many of my favorite ingredients. I’m never too keen on soups for a dinner party, as I think they’re too easy, but this one is exceptional and I’m bringing it to a friend’s holiday party this weekend. Thanks, Ali, for your site, it’s so much fun to cook along with you!

  • Reply anthea December 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    This is the perfect post. I’ve been pondering what else to make with my sweet potatoes (I’m getting a bit bored with roasting them and adding to lentils!). Tomorrow’s lunch is sorted by substitutions of veg stock!

  • Reply Lyka December 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    You just read my mind. I have been on an obsessive soup kick here since the end of October. On tap for tomorrow: your spicy freekeh soup with lamb meatballs (thank you!). I may just have to do sweet potato this weekend … if I can wait that long. 🙂

    btw, if you’re in the market for a good soup book, my go-to tome is “Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen.” I’ve yet to make a recipe that hasn’t blown me away (although most are QUITE labor-intensive).

  • Reply LaShawn December 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    This sounds delicious! I’m always looking for new ways to use sweet potatoes! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Claire December 8, 2017 at 12:54 am

    That just looks super delicious, how did you know I love sweet potato? but I feel like creamy thai sweet potato will give me a totally different taste! Haha need to try this since Houston is super freezing right now.

  • Reply kavita December 8, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Seeing this treat is making me hungry, Ali! Excellent treat for the upcoming holidays which I will definitely try! 😉

    I live in a place where from January through March it’s summertime. As crazy as this sounds, I don’t like summer much and need the cold. Winter recipes like this make me want to move somewhere chilly with a white Christmas and all of that. Can you imagine a Christmas Eve at 37 *C? and eating hearty meals, as we lived in a northern hemisphere country, just because it’s a tradition? Crazy, huh?

    Oh, I should tell you I’m from Argentina and I promise in the winter I’ll make this amazing soup. It looks divine 🙂

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc December 8, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Thank you for the recipe for this Thai Sweet Potato Soup. Winters are all about good, hearty soups. I have so many fond memories of my mom and grandmother spending hours in the kitchen perfecting a delicious soup recipe. Your “Taste and tweak .. taste and adjust” tip can also be applied to every day life. Take chances, grab the opportunity. If it does not work out the way you want it to, then tweak and adjust to reach your goal.

  • Reply Dena December 8, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I absolutely love mashed sweet potato, I often make it with a chicken & chorizo dish and it tastes yummy! It’s deffo better than normal mash x

  • Reply TColeman December 8, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Eating alone is a very cool challenge and should not be taken lightly! I load up on all of the things my wife it’s fond of. She travels a lot and whenever she’s gone, I knock out things like corned beef, roast duck, lobster and so on. The beauty is I can make huge messes in the kitchen without anyone raising an eyebrow, and our fridge is filled with amazing leftovers.

  • Reply Bobbi December 8, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    New York has finally turned cold and soup is very much at the forefront of my mind. That internal warmth of squash soup takes on a whole new dimension when you add curry or chili heat. My hubby always adds Sriracha to get the extra kick.

  • Reply five little doves December 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    We eat a lot of sweet potato but never in a soup like this! I love the idea of swirling in the coconut milk, I bet it’s utterly delicious!

  • Reply Amber S. December 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I come from the country where every dinner starts with a soup. Therefore, I thought I already knew all of them, but you’ve managed to surprise me as I have never tried a sweet potato soup. Looks delish. ps: Your dogs are beautiful!

  • Reply Kristina December 10, 2017 at 5:18 am

    I’ve been missing yoga lately too, it’s on my list to get back to in the new year 🙂 this list also now has this yummy sounding soup in it, it’s such a great winter warmer 🙂 x

  • Reply Miljana December 10, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Your blog is one my favorite blogs! I love your recipes, pictures, and your lovely face! <3

  • Reply Louise December 10, 2017 at 6:09 am

    I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been diagnosed Celiac disease, Alison. My brother found out he had it a few years ago. He was gutted at the time, but has come to terms with it over time. We’ve been looking for new ways to use sweet potato when cooking, so I’ll definitely have to give this soup a try. It sounds delicious! 🙂

    Louise x

  • Reply Agness of Run Agness Run December 10, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Hey, Ali! This soup recipe is just exactly what I was looking for. So sorry to hear about the Celiac disease. Proper and healthy food is just the way to go. Keep up the awesome work! 😉

  • Reply Sheri December 11, 2017 at 1:36 am

    I am sad to hear about your diagnosis, but I find you to be an extremely brave, open and inspiring person. Always looking for the good and remaining upbeat. I wish you good health. As to the soup, I tend to have more during Winter and I love different types as they are so filling.

  • Reply London Mumma December 11, 2017 at 4:53 am

    I really like this post Alison, it also makes me feel not crazy at 3am when working also and thanks to Milo the cat keeping my spot warm too. Always a darling recipe and one certainly to tickle the taste buds.

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