This easy to prepare yet oh-so-elegant soup is a favorite at my house. Because it has a slightly sweet taste, the kids love it, and it's my husband's favorite soup. Serve warm with buttery garlic bread and a crisp green salad. You can also serve cold with cucumber or watercress sandwiches.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
2 hrs 15 mins
total:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Bake sweet potatoes in preheated oven until soft, about 1 1/2 hours (you can also use a microwave). Remove and let cool slightly.

  • Peel sweet potatoes, and puree with chicken broth in batches, using enough chicken broth so that it purees smoothly. Bring puree to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in the sugar, salt, nutmeg, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in cream.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; protein 6.5g; carbohydrates 55.9g; fat 5.4g; cholesterol 21.4mg; sodium 419.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2008
This was really great, and it was exactly what I had been craving. Here are my adjustments: I used skim milk instead of cream (what I had on hand, & wanted to keep fat down), crushed red pepper instead of cayenne (what I had on hand), and added a sprinkle of dried ground ginger. It had just the right amount of bite to tease the palate but certainly would not be classified as spicy. Would definitely make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2010
I had a hard time with this soup. I liked it and I didn't like it how about that for wishy washy! The soup was exactly what it was supposed to be but I didn't love the sweetness of the sweet potato in the soup. "What exactly were you expecting" you ask? "When you make sweet potato soup" you say "it is supposed to taste like sweet potatoes". Okay so it doesn't make sense but I still didn't love it. The soup had a nice texture and good sweet flavor but for me to really like it it would have needed to get a little more savory. The addition of sauteed onion or more chicken flavor might have saved it for me or maybe adding one regular potato to mellow it out but it was just too "sweet potatoey". I think I will stick to less assertive vegetables for my soups like butternut squash. Read More
(23)
173 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 115
  • 4 star values: 44
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2008
This was really great, and it was exactly what I had been craving. Here are my adjustments: I used skim milk instead of cream (what I had on hand, & wanted to keep fat down), crushed red pepper instead of cayenne (what I had on hand), and added a sprinkle of dried ground ginger. It had just the right amount of bite to tease the palate but certainly would not be classified as spicy. Would definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2008
This soup is AWESOME and was so creamy! I just boiled the sweet potatoes in the chicken broth (I used much less than recipe called for... bout 36oz), with some chopped onion and then used an emulsifier while adding the other ingredients. Plus, used smart balance 1% milk instead of cream and it worked great and is much healthier! I'm definitely making this again and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes sweet potatoes! :-D Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2007
This soup was surprisingly wonderful. I made it for my family - the men in my family loved it! It's very filling, though, so a little goes a long way. Don't get overzealous with the servings. I made a simple green salad with dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles and honey balsamic vinniagrette to go along with the meal, and served pita chips with the soup. Wonderful meal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2007
This was SOOO delicious! If I wasn't such a well mannered person I would have licked the bowl! My whole family liked it too. I did make one alteration. I used 1% milk instead of heavy cream. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2010
I had a hard time with this soup. I liked it and I didn't like it how about that for wishy washy! The soup was exactly what it was supposed to be but I didn't love the sweetness of the sweet potato in the soup. "What exactly were you expecting" you ask? "When you make sweet potato soup" you say "it is supposed to taste like sweet potatoes". Okay so it doesn't make sense but I still didn't love it. The soup had a nice texture and good sweet flavor but for me to really like it it would have needed to get a little more savory. The addition of sauteed onion or more chicken flavor might have saved it for me or maybe adding one regular potato to mellow it out but it was just too "sweet potatoey". I think I will stick to less assertive vegetables for my soups like butternut squash. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2007
This is the best! It's simple to make; it can be made the day before and refrigerated and it is absolutely delicious. My guests loved it. I used 5% cream and even tried skim milk. It would delicous both ways. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2008
My husband was going to open a can of soup because he did not think he would like this. I made him have a taste with a slice of homemade beer bread from this site he put the can away and got himself a bowl. Very yummy. I used half and half instead of cream and I could not find my nutmeg so I used ginger oh and i only used 4 cups of chicken broth instead of 3 cans. thank you for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2007
Delicious and easy to make! I just made it tonight-- Used Vegetable broth instead of chicken but otherwise used the same recipe. Thank you-- I'll be sure to make it a few more times this winter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2010
This is an excellent, easy "go to" soup recipe! I've made it about 10 times now, and it's always excellent. I have made a few changes on occasion: I leave out the cayenne (I never buy it, don't care for it). Sometimes I use veggie broth instead of chicken, depending on what i have on hand. Last time I added a bit of apple cider and it was also delicious. Once in a while I change up the spices - I might add a bit of ginger and cinnamon, or even some curry. As is or with any of those little changes, it always turns out great. Thanks! Read More
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