Speedy sweet potato soup with coconut

Speedy sweet potato soup with coconut

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(96 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
A soup that's ready in 20 minutes - yes, it's that quick. So put that tin opener away

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal240
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre6g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.56g
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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1-2 tsp Thai curry paste, red or green
    Thai curry paste

    Thai curry paste

    Many Thai and Thai-inspired dishes start with a highly flavoured paste. These are made from a…

  • 1l vegetable stock
  • half sachet creamed coconut (or ¼ can reduced-fat coconut milk)
  • handful coriander, roughly chopped
  • mini naan bread, to serve
  • 750g sweet potato, grated
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…


  1. Heat the oil in a deep saucepan, then soften the onion for 4-5 mins. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 min more until fragrant. Add the grated sweet potato and stock, then bring quickly to the boil, simmering for 5 mins until the potato is tender.

  2. Remove the soup from the heat, stir in the coconut and seasoning, then cool briefly before whizzing with a stick blender until smooth. Sprinkle with coriander and serve with warm naan breads.

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1st Feb, 2017
Really simple and delicious! I put in the FULL FAT coconut milk in along with the potatoes and stock, before simmering for 5-10 minutes. Also, I put a whole can of coconut milk in there and decreased the amount of stock accordingly. Yummy.
30th Dec, 2015
I've made this soup several times, and portion it up for the freezer to take into work. It's so delicious and creamy - I'd suggest adding some fresh chilli and turmeric to give it a bit more zing and even more nutritious goodness. I also dice the potatoes, grating isn't necessary!
27th Nov, 2015
Really enjoyed the flavour combination of sweet potato, Thai curry paste and coconut milk. Admittedly I didn't follow the recipe as I wouldn't say that grating all those potatoes would be speedy! I just chopped them up into chunks, and I used a whole can of coconut milk as the remainder would have gone to waste otherwise, but it tastes delicious! Would make again for something different when I fancy soup.
18th Sep, 2016
You can freeze coconut milk. I buy full fat and use half with half tin of water and freeze the other half.
18th Nov, 2015
Really liked this, though it came out a bit too thin for my taste, so next time I'll reduce the amount of stock and maybe chop the sweet potatoes, since grating them takes FOREVER
18th Nov, 2015
Delicious soup and very speedy if you shred the potatoes with a food processor. It was just what we needed on a chilly autumnal evening. It has a lovely smooth texture and is full of flavour thanks to the curry paste. I used a full can of full fat coconut milk (because I didn't want to be left with half a can) and just adjusted the stock quantities accordingly. I'll be making this again.
11th Jun, 2015
Very tasty soup. I omitted the Thai curry paste, to appeal more to younger eaters. I also used a full can of coconut milk and 700ml of stock, instead of the 1l recommended. I roughly chopped the sweet potato; I didn't grate it.
9th Jun, 2015
Super quick and super tasty! Yum!
22nd May, 2015
Very simple and easy to prepare winter warmer. Should only take most people 20mins with prep time. Would hope most people can grate a sweet potato whilst onions are softening! Only change i would make would be to reduce amount of stock and probably add a full can of coconut milk for a thicker and creamier soup.
25th Apr, 2015
An absolute favourite.


30th Apr, 2017
Can you freeze this?
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5th May, 2017
Thanks for your question. We think this soup is best if not frozen as coconut milk can split. However, if you do want to freeze it, you can blend it again when reheating to make it smooth.
11th Jul, 2015
Can this be frozen? Thank you
27th May, 2014
I'm planning on making this soup tonight (and will dice, rather than grate). Should I peel them beforehand? When I normally cook with sweet potatoes I just keep the skin on, but I've never made a soup using them before. Any advice/tips greatly appreciated!!
11th Jun, 2015
Dicing instead of grating is fine, but I would peel the skin of the sweet potato, as this soup should be as smooth as possible.
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