Sweet Potato & Ginger Soup


This is a recreation of a soup I was served at a wonderful restaurant in downtown Greensboro, NC. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes combined with the fragrant ginger, earthy cumin, and spicy cayenne give this soup a deep flavor with multiple levels of warmth. If an immersion blender is not available, soup maybe be blended in a regular blender in small batches.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup diced onion

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 quart vegetable broth

  • 2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 10 slices nickel-sized slices fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup sour cream


  1. Heat oil in a heavy stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute until garlic begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir vegetable broth, sweet potatoes, ginger, cilantro, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and ground black pepper into onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.

  2. Remove stock pot from heat and blend soup with an immersion blender until smooth. Season with salt and ground black pepper as necessary. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

226 Calories
9g Fat
35g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 226
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 337mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 550mg 12%

* 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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