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Sweet Potato Leek Soup

Cozy up with a bowl of this delicious, flavorful Sweet Potato Leek Soup. You'll love this healthier twist on the classic potato leek soup. It's easy to make and naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Sweet Potato Leek Soup

As some of you may know, I have an 11 month old son. And I am pretty obsessed with trying to get him to eat a variety of food. We won't tolerate picky eaters in my house!! Just kidding, we'll love him either way. But I am trying to expose him to as many flavors as possible now before we get into the terrible toddler years.

I wasn't even thinking about baby food when I made this Sweet Potato Leek Soup. I just wanted a flavorful, healthy, easy, filling soup. A soup that goes great with crackers. Or with a baguette that is topped with cheese and broiled.

I realized this would make awesome baby food when I went to puree the soup. Luckily our son thought so too - he ate about a quarter cup before he decided playing with his food is more fun. As usual.

Sweet Potato Leek Soup

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Sweet Potato Leek Soup

I love this version of the classic potato leek soup. Sweet potatoes have so much more flavor and are so much healthier than white potatoes.

I also use a teaspoon of turmeric in this recipe which adds a bit of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to the soup. I try to add turmeric powder to a lot of my cooking. I love the yellow color and I think turmeric tastes pretty neutral so it goes perfectly well into many dishes. I think this soup is perfect for adding turmeric. 

Give this Sweet Potato Leek Soup recipe a try! It is a great soup during colder weather and even when it is getting a littler warmer out - it's easy to make and something about its bright, festive color makes me want to eat it year round.

Sweet Potato Leek Soup

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Sweet Potato Leek Soup
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Sweet Potato Leek Soup

Cozy up with a bowl of this delicious, flavorful Sweet Potato Leek Soup. You'll love this healthier twist on the classic potato leek soup.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 1 large leek (about 1/2 lb, or 3 cups sliced leek)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1.5 lb sweet potato (1 very large or 2 medium sweet potatoes)
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste (1/8 teaspoon each is a good start)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves , chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Prepare all the ingredients: Thinly slice the leek, discarding the tough green parts. Rinse the leek very well - it traps dirt easily. Mince the garlic cloves. Peel the sweet potato and dice into ~2 inch pieces
  • Cook the soup: In a 3-4 quart soup pot, heat the olive oil. Add the sliced leek, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes, if using. Saute over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. This will allow the leeks to release their sweet flavor. If you wish, set aside about 2 tablespoons of sauteed leeks for garnish
  • Add the vegetable stock, diced sweet potato, and turmeric. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are fully cooked. 
  • Use an immersion blender to carefully blend the soup until the desired consistency. I like mine mostly smooth with a few chunks of sweet potato left. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Garnish with fresh parsley leaves and sauteed leeks.
     

Notes

If you have a can of vegetable stock, you may use a 15-oz can + 1 cup of water instead of 3 cups of vegetable stock. It won't make a difference to the flavor of the soup.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcal (12%) | Carbohydrates: 35g (12%) | Protein: 3g (6%) | Fat: 7g (11%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (5%) | Sodium: 98mg (4%) | Potassium: 606mg (17%) | Fiber: 5g (20%) | Sugar: 7g (8%) | Vitamin A: 24300IU (486%) | Vitamin C: 7mg (8%) | Calcium: 58mg (6%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

 

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Edgar

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

I was surprised at how easy and how delicious this recipe turned out. The turmeric was the perfect counterbalance to the sweet potato. I just have to say wow.

Kate

Monday 24th of January 2022

Thanks so much, Edgar!!

April Myles

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Love the soup! Delicious! Thank you for the recipe plus nutritional info 😊

Kate

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Enjoy!!

Doris

Sunday 19th of September 2021

My husband brought leeks and sweet potatoes from the CSA this week, and the only thing I could think of was soup. I found this recipe and was delicious!

Kate

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

So glad you liked it, Doris!!

Glenda

Saturday 19th of December 2020

My wonderful neighbor introduced me to leeks about 10 years ago. I love making potato leek soup- mmm. Out of nowhere, my husband was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, sadly it runs in his family. He completely controls his diabetes with diet and a lot of exercise, no medication, no insulin. But soups with regular potatoes are simply too high in carbs. This recipe, with the use of sweet potatoes, that I also purchase at the farmers markets, was a healthier choice for him. And it has a great kick which he liked as well. As a wife and Mom, I love cooking for my family, from scratch as much as possible. Thanks for a great recipe!

Kate

Saturday 19th of December 2020

Hi Glenda, so glad to hear this recipe helps your family eat better! And aren't leeks amazing?! I have a few more leek recipes on this site, if you want to use the search bar on top to search for "leeks" :) Enjoy!

Thumper

Sunday 12th of April 2020

Delicious

Kate

Monday 13th of April 2020

Thank you so much!!