Sweet Potato Curry Soup combines sweet potatoes with a delicious base red curry recipe that is both comforting and simple to make. Serve this soup with a side of rice and some roasted cherry tomatoes for a meatless, filling meal!
I declare 2020 the year of the curry. We may have been late to the bandwagon, but we’re on it now, and we’re staying! I’ve shared ALL the recipes lately, and I’m still thinking of more. They are all somewhat similar, starting with a simple base curry sauce.
My “curry bandwagon” recipes:
- Best Thai Red Curry Recipe – The base recipe that I’ve used in the other curry recipes.
- Chicken Curry with Vegetables – Adding chicken and a ton of veggies makes a healthy combo.
- Curried Meatballs and Rice – We are huge meatball fans, especially when they are homemade. The curry sauce on top is just perfection.
- Coconut Curry Vegetable Soup – Another curry soup, but with many additional veggies and textures than this simple sweet potato one.
Ingredients needed for Sweet Potato Curry Soup:
- Olive Oil – Used to sauté the veggies.
- Ginger and Garlic – Fresh is best, always for this recipe.
- Onion – Yellow onion is my go-to.
- Sweet Potatoes – Peel and dice them pretty small for faster cooking. You’ll need about six cups, or three potatoes depending on size.
- Seasonings – Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
- Red Curry – I use Thai red curry paste. Easily found at most grocery stores.
- Coconut Milk – Full-fat coconut milk is best.
- Diced Tomatoes – I almost always use fire roasted tomatoes. Not too spicy, but they add the perfect flavor.
- Broth – You can use any broth you prefer. I used lower-sodium chicken broth.
- Lime Zest – You’ll just need about one teaspoon of zest.
- Sugar – A pinch to balance flavors.
- To serve – Add a pinch of red pepper flakes and serve this soup with a spoonful of white rice and some roasted cherry tomatoes. So good!
How to make Sweet Potato Curry Soup:
- Sauté onions, garlic, and ginger. In a medium stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes. Then add the ginger and garlic, and stir constantly for about a minute. You will smell the strong flavors of these fresh veggies – they make this soup delicious!
- Add sweet potatoes and seasonings. Then add the diced sweet potatoes, kosher salt, and ground black pepper – to taste. Continue cooking for a couple of minutes, stirring often. You’ll need a fair amount of seasonings.
- Add remaining ingredients. Then add the red curry paste, coconut milk, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, lime zest, and sugar. Stir and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking until the sweet potatoes are fork tender. This will take about 30-35 minutes, depending on how small you diced the potatoes.
4. Puree the soup. Remove the pot from the stove, and use an immersion blender to puree most of the soup. I like to add a few chunks of potatoes. You can also use a regular blender, but be careful to let the soup cool slightly before doing so.
5. Serve. Serve the sweet potato curry soup with a pinch of red pepper flakes. Add some white rice and some roasted cherry tomatoes (optional).
Is curry sauce spicy?
THIS recipe is slightly spicy, but the sweet potatoes make it more mild than other red curry recipes on my site. There are three basic types of curry that you normally see in restaurants, and they vary according to the paste they use, and the chef that is preparing them.
- Red Curry uses red curry paste, which include red chilies and other spicy ingredients like chili powder to make this the spiciest sauce of all three.
- Yellow Curry includes yellow curry paste which is milder than red, and includes turmeric that provides that yellow color.
- Green Curry features green curry paste, containing fresh coriander to provide the green color, and an even milder flavor.
Sweet Potato Curry Soup
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons ginger
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 6 cups sweet potatoes – peeled and diced
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste
- 4 oz. Thai red curry paste
- 13.5 oz. full-fat coconut milk – 1 can
- 15 oz. fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- pinch of red pepper flakes – to taste
- white rice – to serve (optional)
- In a medium stock pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook another minute, stirring constantly. Then add the sweet potatoes and the salt and pepper, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Next add the red curry paste, the coconut milk, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, lime zest, and sugar – and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a bubbling simmer until the potatoes are fork tender. This will take about 30-35 minutes or so, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes.
- Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree a portion of the soup. I prefer to leave a few chunks of the sweet potatoes.
- Serve with a pinch of red pepper flakes, some white rice, and some roasted cherry tomatoes. You could also add some roasted chicken to this soup for the meat lovers.