Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Soup


A creamy fall soup that's easy to make any time of year. The earthiness of the sweet potato is balanced with tart apples, spicy ginger, and touch of zesty lime. If desired, garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream, some chopped cilantro, and a few sweet, spicy nuts. A Thanksgiving favorite that's a kid favorite year-round. Freezes well!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 shallots, sliced

  • 1 pound tart apples, cored and cut into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or more to taste

  • 2 quarts chicken broth

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans sweet potatoes, drained

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat; cook and stir shallots in the hot oil until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir apples, ginger, zest from 1 lime, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper into the pot. Reserve lime juice. Cook and stir mixture until apples are very soft, about 15 minutes.

  2. Pour chicken broth into pot; add sweet potatoes and salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Puree soup with an immersion blender until smooth. Stir reserved lime juice into soup. Garnish with lime wedges to serve.

Cook's Note:

Granny Smith or McIntosh apples work well; can also substitute pears if you have them on hand. The amount of salt you need will depend on how salty your chicken broth is. This is an easy recipe to make vegetarian, too; just substitute the chicken broth for vegetable or mushroom broth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

221 Calories
6g Fat
40g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 221
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 1189mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 15mg 76%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 393mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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