I originally posted this Creamy Sweet Potato Rosemary Soup recipe back in 2013, but I’ve been revisiting it lately (it’s so good!) – making little tweaks here and there and adapting it to fit my now dairy-free diet. So I thought I’d update the recipe with the dairy free option (and snap new photos while I’m at it!)
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!
If this soup could talk, it would say, “Hello! I am the perfect winter soup!”
But if it could talk, and if you’re a vegetarian, you might have a problem with eating a food that talks. 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 or vegan if you prefer, both work great) make for a rich, velvety soup. But it’s flexible, too! This soup is still perfectly delicious without any cream cheese. Lately I’ve been enjoying it with a splash of almond milk instead. Cashew cream is great too.
This Creamy Sweet Potato Rosemary soup is 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!
Creamy Sweet Potato Rosemary Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional)
- 1 large shallot (thinly sliced (about 1 cup sliced) (can substitute 1 cup diced yellow onion))
- 1 large clove garlic (minced)
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary + more for garnish if desired
- 1 pound approx. 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper + more to taste
- 4 ounces light cream cheese (room temperature (see "Vegan Option" below for alternatives))
- Optional toppings: A drizzle of olive oil or a few fresh rosemary leaves
- Set a medium soup pot over medium heat. When hot, add the olive oil and, if using, the butter. When hot, 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.
- Stir in the rosemary, sweet potatoes, and vegetable broth. Continue heating over medium heat until the soup 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.
- Using an immersion blender or working in batches with an upright blender, puree the soup.
- Return soup to pan and add the cream cheese (or alternatives). Whisk briskly over low heat until cream cheese is completely dissolved.
- Taste and add additional salt and pepper if desired. Serve.
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! 🙂
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. 😉
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?!
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)!
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!
I am impressed you have yard waste at all! Our yard has been sorely neglected this winter. I blame the rain. 😉
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!
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.
That soup has such a gorgeous, inviting color!
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!
What a gorgeous golden soup — I wish I could send you some of our (endless) sunshine, Kare — I get sick of it 😉
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Yum! My mom has a recipe like this that she makes all the time. It is a favourite.
Delicious as written with cashew cream instead of cream cheese. Freezing temps and sleet expected here tonight so this soup, with a salad, was a perfect winter meal. Thank you!
Can we have weights in non-US / metric measurements too please, ie kg and grams.