Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Quinoa - - - >

Heading down sooooouth to the land of the piiiiiines, I’m thumbing my waaaay into North Caroliiiiine.

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Seriously…I’m en route North Carolina! My friend, Sandi is getting tied to the hitching post…saying some vows, doing the nuptials, getting maaaaaarriiiiiieed!

Sandi and I lived together for three years in California and then she decided to return home to North Carolina. It wasn’t on account of my cooking I can tell you that, hardy har har!

Let’s all hike up our britches and wish Sandi Lou and her honey comb the best of marriages ever (can you tell how good I am at this stuff? Probably fortunate she didn’t ask me to make a toast, huh? Huh?).

I’ll be blogging atcha from North Cackalacky. . .even when I’m away, I just can’t stay away.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Quinoa - - - >

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And here’s a roasted sweet potato soup with quinoa on top. Make it! Pick a banjo and make it!

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup


  • 1 large sweet potato, roasted (about 2.5 cups when pureed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 cups canned coconut milk (full fat recommended)
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1.5 teaspoons yellow curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • for serving:
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Plain yogurt/sour cream
  • Drizzle of oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Poke holes in the sweet potato, wrap it in foil, and roast it in the oven for 60 minutes or until very soft. When sweet potato is finished roasting, allow it to cool then carefully scoop the flesh out the skin and place it in a blender (you can also leave the skin on).
  3. In a medium skillet, heat olive oil to medium and saute the onion until transluscent, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, turmeric, sage, red pepper, and sage, and saute another 2 minutes.
  5. Add this mixture to the blender with the sweet potato, along with the chicken stock and coconut milk.
  6. Blend until smooth.
  7. Add the soup back into the saute pan (or large pot) to heat it to desired temperature.
  8. Serve with cooked quinoa, fresh chopped cilantro, and plain yogurt (or sour cream).

Oh, by the way. . . this is what she looks like with the quinoa mixed in and a dollop of plain yogurt.

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  1. I’ve made sweet potato soup for years, but mine isn’t nearly as healthy as yours. Thanks for sharing and have a good and safe trip.

  2. Have fun and hopefully get a little brake in!! Wishing Sandy Lou the bet of luck! :)

    LOVE the soup, especially with the added quinoa. YUM!

  3. I about jumped out of my chair and disturbed my ancient cat when I saw this post. I think you already know of our love of sweet potatoes. I tend to change all pumpkin recipes into sweet potato recipes. It’s a southern thing. Yum in my tum! It’s cold and rainy today and all I want to do is have a bowl of this soup (for dinner, not breakfast. That would just be weird). North Carolina, huh? Clearly you are ignoring the midwest. Can’t say as I blame you. NC is beautiful. We were there three years and had such a great time that we had a baby there! Then decided to calm things down and come back home. Happy marriage to your buddy and have a good and safe trip. xoxo

    • Oh. Don’t have a baby while you are there. Just saying that might not be a good idea right now. Have fun anyway.

      • Ha! Yeah, that’d be a disaster. The “baby’s” still in its “jestation” period. Or something. Yeah, can’t wait until these books are done, I tell ya what!

    • I tend to swap pumpkin for sweet tater, too…I think sweet potatoes trump pumpkin any ol’ day! BTW, you’re going to love the recipe I post tomorrow….woop woop!

      The midwest…sigh…I haven’t spent nearly enough time there! Don’t you worry…my IL trip is bound to happen, and when it happens, it’ll happen gooood!

      • Yay! We’ll do it up right. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s post. Hope your “baby” turns out as good as my baby did (ok, I’m prejudiced and don’t care).

  4. that looks extra good with quinoa in it! I’ve been crazy for sweet potatoes lately (and soup, mmm) so I think this is a must for me! Have fun at the wedding :)

  5. We just made sweet potato soup last night!!! great minds think alike. I love the addition of the quinoa. Beautiful recipe lady! Have a fun and safe trip.

  6. I’m loving all your fall soups! This one is no exception. Sweet potatoes are my absolute favorite, but now that I think about it, I don’t know that I’ve put them in a soup before. Must try this! Have a great time in North Carolina!

  7. This is STUNNING!!! Have a great trip, love :) xo

  8. Great photos, Julia! And I love the addition of red quinoa!

  9. Love! Um so you are swinging south and visiting me right?! I can’t believe you are so close! Have a fabulous time :)

    • IIIII know! I wish I could go to FL for a visit! One of these days I’ll head that way and spend some quality time with you, the pooch, and your man!

  10. What beautiful photos! I love sweet potatoes and this looks delish!

    …and thanks for getting OCMS stuck in my head for the next week and a half :)

  11. NC, huh? Good state. Some AWESOME people were born there….(hint hint me cough hint).

    Pancake queen in summer, soup queen in fall. This is what I call you.

    • Oh NC…where everything good and beautiful comes from :)

      I’m starting to think I don’t know how to make anything other than pancakes and soup.

  12. Julia, this soup is beautiful! Have so much in NC! Love it there!

  13. We looooove NC – fave vacation spot at the Outer Banks for sure! Hope your trip was wonderful! :D I’m so excited to make this soup – such a great variation with the quinoa and the fabulous, warm Indian-inspired spices!

    • Ahhh I’ve been to NC tons of times now and I still haven’t been to the Outer Banks! My friend Sandi goes pretty much every year, so I have no excuse..must make this happen!

  14. me and my moon shine are heading to kitchen now to make this!

  15. This is sooo much easier than roasting a pumpkin or butternut squash for the soup, and I’m digging the texture and extra nutrition that quinoa brings to the table!
    Hope you have a great time in the NC, and that the wedding is fab!

  16. Have a great trip! And this soup is so cozy and comforting!

  17. i love this recipe – i love the use of quinoa! xox

  18. I’ve made this soup twice now, and it is SO good!


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