Creamy Sweet Potato Rosemary Soup

Sweet potatoes, rosemary, and cream cheese make for a heady combination in this simple yet scrumptious soup.

Total Time: 40 minutes


I don’t want to whine about the weather, I really don’t. I mean, I don’t necessarily have to live in Washington State. It’s a free country. And these dreary, gray winters are the price we pay for stellar spring days, glorious summers, and amazing autumns.

But if I were to whine, I would mention that winters here stink, and I am in desperate need of a little sun, a lot of light, and the feel of warm sun on my skin. Ugh. Desperate need.

I know, I totally know, that winters are the best time (and a wonderful excuse) to get cozy in front of the fire (or cuddle in bed in front of the TV and season 2 of Downton Abbey pretty much right as soon as the kid goes to bed at 7:30 p.m., as the case may be, not that we know much about that…).

And I guess since we are talking about the positives of winters and not whining about day after day of depressing damp gloom, I can also mention that soup – nice, piping hot, hearty, creamy, delicious soup – is also a bonus that the season brings.

Oh hey! Like, say, this soup, for instance!

Creamy sweet potato rosemary soup | Kitchen Treaty #vegetarian

If this soup could talk, it would say, “Hello! I am the perfect winter soup!”

Creamy sweet potato rosemary soup | Kitchen Treaty #vegetarian

But if it could talk, and if you’re a vegetarian, you might have a problem with eating it. So no worries – this soup does not talk. And because this soup has vegetable stock instead of chicken, it is especially perfect for you.

A little about how it tastes: good. Really, really good. Sweet potatoes and rosemary, pureed with a hunk of cream cheese (light if you prefer, it works great) make for a rich, velvety soup. It’s a perfect example of how a few choice ingredients in a simple, easy recipe can really shine.

Plus, it’s a pretty, orange-y, sunshiney color. Maybe I can hover over the bowl and squint really good and pretend it’s the sun.

Desperate times! Desperate measures!


Vegan? Try substituting the cream cheese with a little cashew cream, or omit it entirely (it’s still plenty delicious without).


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Creamy Sweet Potato Rosemary Soup

Sweet potatoes, rosemary, and cream cheese make for a heady combination in this simple yet scrumptious soup.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced (about 1 cup sliced) (can substitute 1/2 cup diced yellow onion)
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 pound (about 1 large) sweet potatoes, peeled. trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese (room temperature)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the butter and olive oil. Once the butter has melted, add the shallots (or onions). Saute, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until translucent and tender. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 more minute.
  2. Stir in the rosemary, sweet potatoes, and vegetable broth. Continue heating over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20 - 25 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Let cool until it's safe to puree.
  3. Using an immersion blender or working in batches with an upright blender, puree the soup.
  4. Return soup to pan and add the room temperature cream cheese. Whisk briskly over low heat until cream cheese is completely dissolved.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Adapted from Food Network


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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

10 Responses to “Creamy Sweet Potato Rosemary Soup”

  1. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on January 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

    This soup sounds so delicious! I love the addition of cream cheese to give it a little creaminess and tang. Definitely subscribing/following your site! :)

    • Kare @ Kitchen Treaty posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      The recipe I adapted it from called for mascarpone, but I just couldn’t – masarpone just seems to special to me! So glad you’re subscribing – I’ve been following you for awhile. Wow, that last line made me sound like a total stalker. ;)

  2. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on January 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    My throat has been sore all day (seriously, how can I be getting sick again?! UNFAIR!) and this looks like a little bowl of heaven right now. Rosemary is one of the few herbs that’s still going strong in my garden, so this would be perfect.

    And yes, I concur on the winter weather. Is it spring yet?!

    • Kare posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      I am just getting over yet another cold myself (hence the soup post). There are so many bugs out there this year. Yet another reason to look forward to spring (like we need more reasons)!

  3. cat posted on January 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I’m waiting for the rain to stop so I can go put the yard waste in bags so my husband doesn’t have to… best laid plans! So maybe I will head out to the store for some cream cheese and sweet potatoes! Looks divine!

    • Kare posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      I am impressed you have yard waste at all! Our yard has been sorely neglected this winter. I blame the rain. ;)

  4. a farmer in the dell posted on January 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    The winters in the northwest are the pits! At least we know we are in good company. At least we can all sit down with a glass of red wine and eat amazing soup like this!

    • Kare posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Excellent *local* red wine even! And beer too! I love it here, I do. The dismal times can be rough, but at least they help us to appreciate the glorious sunny, clear days.

  5. Jen @ Savory Simple posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    That soup has such a gorgeous, inviting color!

  6. Heidi @ Food Doodles posted on January 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I really need some sunshine too! It’s all I can think about lately. Thankfully today is a bright sunny day, but it’s still winter sun, you know? Oh well, soup definitely helps :) I love your cream cheese idea, that must taste sooo good!

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