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Smoky Sweet-Potato Soup

A puree of sweet potatoes, apple, and leeks gets an earthy spiciness from a chipotle chile coated in adobo sauce. (You may want to omit the chile if making this for kids.) The silky soup relies on its fresh ingredients, not heavy cream or butter, to achieve its rich flavor.

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  • Servings: 10
Smoky Sweet-Potato Soup

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2011


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small leek, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed well
  • 1 tart green apple, such as Granny Smith, cored, peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 medium canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup salted pepitas (green hulled pumpkin seeds;


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook garlic and leek until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add apple, celery, and ginger, and cook for 3 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and stock, and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Add chipotle chile.

  2. Working in batches, transfer mixture to a blender, and puree until smooth, transferring soup to a large bowl as you work. (For safety, remove cap from hole in lid, and cover with a dish towel to prevent spattering.) Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with pepitas before serving.

Reviews (3)

  • michabarno 23 Dec, 2014

    Fast, easy, cheap, and delicious: this is forever one of my favorite soups. The ginger and chipotle (two of my favorite flavors *anyway*) really marry well. I've also found this recipe hardly requires any salt.

  • nstarle 15 Nov, 2011

    Only use one chile! I only used two and it was still hot. The pumpkin seeds at the end really make a big difference. I also added some greek yogurt as a garnish to balance out the flavors. Also, just added a little more water so it was not so much like baby food. Overall good!

  • hkkriss 8 Nov, 2011

    This is a very tasty and a lovely fall recipe! One suggestion, and maybe it was me, but I misread the chipotle chile line item. I read, 1 medium can of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce. Yes, I put the whole can in, 9 chiles in fact. Made a delicious "curry" topping though, with beef and a few potatoes and carrots. I made a new batch of the soup without the chiles to cut the fire of my first mistake. Still spicy but my lips and mouth thanked me. Definitely only 1 chipotle chile is needed.

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