Autumn Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

5 stars based on 40 votes


Made with carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and honey, this savory soup with a hint of sweetness and spice is the essence of fall. The secret ingredient is curry powder, which doesn’t give the soup an Indian flavor like you might think, but instead lends a subtle hint of autumn spice. After all, curry powder is just a blend of spices like ginger, coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, red pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg. 

Before we get started, let’s talk about sweet potatoes. Last time I was at Whole Foods, I noticed that all of the sweet potatoes were labeled as yams. For some reason, it’s common practice in the U.S. to use the words “sweet potato” and “yam” interchangeably. This is confusing since yams aren’t sweet potatoes at all, but rather thick white tubers with dark brown skin. But chances are you won’t find real yams at the supermarket, so if you see “yams,” you’re probably looking at sweet potatoes. As for the different varieties, look for Garnet, Jewel, Beauregard, all of which have orange flesh and reddish-brown skin.

Begin by cooking the onions in butter until they are soft and translucent. Then, add the curry powder and cook until fragrant.

Next, add the carrots and sweet potatoes…

along with the chicken broth and bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer over low heat until the vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.

Toss in the chopped apples, then puree with a stick blender until smooth and creamy.

The nice thing about this soup is that it’s wonderfully smooth in creamy, yet low in fat and good for you. Enjoy!

Autumn Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Servings: 8
Total Time: 45 Minutes


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder, plus a bit more for serving
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 small), peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 cups chicken broth, best quality such as Swanson
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tart yet sweet apple (such as Honeycrisp or Fuji), peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Do not brown. Add the curry powder and cook a minute more.
  2. Add the carrots, sweet potatoes, chicken broth and salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until vegetables are very tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in the apples and honey. Using a stick blender, puree the soup until smooth and creamy. (Alternatively, cool the soup slightly, then puree in a blender in batches. Be sure to leave the hole in the lid open, and cover with a kitchen towel, to allow the steam to escape.) Season to taste with salt, pepper and more honey if necessary. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with more curry powder if desired. (Note: As the soup sits, it will thicken up so you may need to add a bit of water to thin it out.)

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Calories: 277
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Sodium: 941mg
  • Cholesterol: 22mg

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    i make this for thanksgiving every year, so yummy!

    - Taryn on November 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have this recipe memorized now. I found it last year and have made it several times. Latest batch is just finishing up right now and will be served to guest this week. Easy make-ahead soup that will wow the family. I did not change a thing.

    - Steve on November 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The recipe was very easy and clear. The taste turned out to be amazing, every body loved it even my 5 year old asked for another serving :)

    - Heba on November 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just did it yesterday and it was an absolute 5/5 ! CRAZYYY

    - Maud on November 16, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Your carrot and sweet potato soup is not only delicious but so easy to make. The one major major thing that really stands out here is the addition of the curry powder. Many recipes that i have seen over the years just say to add the curry or other seasonings to the mixture. What they do not tell the potential cook is that these items should be added prior to cooking with the other myriad of ingredients. By doing this, it softens and brings out the flavor and avoids having a ‘raw’ taste in the final product. You have pointed this out perfectly in this recipe.

    - Faleen Fedol on November 1, 2015 Reply
    • I forgot to be more precise. Items such as curry should be heated slightly prior to adding to the main ingredient….and that is what brings out the proper curry flavor while getting rid of and/or avoiding that ‘raw’ taste.

      - Faleen Fedol on November 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have made this recipe over and over. My husband and I love it! It is simple and healthy and delicious!

    - Susan R on October 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Came out exactly like the picture. Followed the recipe exactly. It was creamy and absolutely delicious and so easy too!!!!

    - Roz bliss on October 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup is delicious. But first, just let me say that I changed it a bit. I love curry so I had used all of my curry powder. I used about 3/4 tbsp coriander and 1/4 cumin instead. Not the same flavours as curry powder but it did lend it a nice curry flavour. I also used three apples instead of one because I was trying to get rid of some apples and an extra half onion that I wanted to get rid of as well. I’m pleasantly surprised at how nicely the flavours came out. The soup is a perfect consistency, not to thick or watery, and it’s got a nice sweetness.

    This recipe makes about 11 cups (exactly 13 cups with my two extra apples and extra onion so I’m estimating) and I weighed the carrots and sweet potato exactly. Just for anyone wondering about how big a serving is, calorie-wise or whatever. I’m going to eat this stuff all day and freeze any extra!

    - Kat on October 26, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Oh, and I wanted to add that I served mine with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt sprinkled with chopped cilantro (I love coriander/cilantro) and a bit of pepper. I think the honey Greek yogurt would be nice though too.

      - Kat on October 26, 2015 Reply
  • Is anyone struggling with the sweet potato to carrot to broth ratio? The first time we made this, it was too thick, but the sweet potato amount was perfect. This time the carrots took over. Also, the eight cups of broth seemed to make the soup much to watery. Help!

    - Lisa on October 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Perfect fall soup! I’d recommend adding in some coconut milk to make it creamier, as well as some garlic croutons. Delish!

    - Lisa on October 7, 2015 Reply
    • Love that idea!

      - Jenn on October 8, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Jenn!! This recipe is amazing! I’m usually hesitant of following recipes to a T but your recipes never disappoint! Thank-you

    - Leslie on October 5, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    this soup was so tasty, I absolutely loved it, trying to eat like a Vegetarian

    - Karen on October 5, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    This sounds delicious! But 8 servings is way too much for my small family of 2. Do you think its ok to simply use half the ingredients to make 4 servings? Thanks!

    - Allisom on September 30, 2015 Reply
    • Absolutely!

      - Jenn on September 30, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      If you cook half the recipe, you may regret that you did…every time I make this soup, we often “fight” for the last bowl…even the kids want it! Since it does make a big batch, I often cook the full recipe and freeze it in individual portions. It’s one of my go-to recipes for make ahead frozen meals. It’s so easy to take out of the freezer in the morning and heat up…yet still taste yummy and be so nutritious!

      - Marie-Josee on September 30, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I absolutely could not blend the apples into the rest of the soup, even using a hand mixer and an immersion stick (and they were cut quite small); so had to put the pot back on the stove and somewhat cook the apples in order to render them “blendable.”

    - CJ on September 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Great recipe! So easy to make and delicious, thank you!

    - Renee on September 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I just made this soup last night and my family LOVED it!!! I did try a modification by baking the sweet potato sprinkled with some brown sugar and cinnamon. Instead of adding honey (only because I didn’t have any in the house), I added the drippings from the baked sweet potato. Given that it was already cooked, I added the sweet potato at the same time as the apple. My kids couldn’t get enough!! Thank you.

    - Sonya on September 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    It was very delicious and I am planning to cook more. I am not a curry lover but I am enjoying this soup! Perfect for Fall, simple with ingredients I can easily find in my kitchen. Life changing and to die for!

    - Mweni on September 23, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Great!! I like your recipe and soup was excellent taste!

    - Samuli on September 7, 2015 Reply
  • Hello, would this soup freeze well?
    I am thinking of making several batches and freezing for lunch for our four kiddies


    - Laurie on August 22, 2015 Reply
    • Yes, it freezes beautifully!

      - Jenn on August 22, 2015 Reply
  • How much is considered a serving for the soup?

    - Ayanna on July 30, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Ayanna, I wish I could give you an exact measurement but servings are approximate — about one average bowl.

      - Jenn on August 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Excellent soup. Very sweet.

    - Erika on July 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup is fantastic! I have never used curry powder in a recipe before so I was a little worried, but the blend of flavors is delicious! On top of that, it is very easy to make.

    - kris on April 1, 2015 Reply
  • Just want to thank you for ANOTHER delicious soup. I was a little afraid of the curry but can’t imagine the soup without it.

    - Virginia Tate on March 31, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This soup is delicious! I’ve made it twice in the last couple weeks and my family (including picky and sick 2 year old) can’t stop eating it! I didn’t make any changes.. It’s easy to make and perfect the way it is written! Thanks :)

    - Chrisoula V on March 28, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn, I made this soup for Thanksgiving last year and it was a huge hit with everyone. We’re leaving for a week in the Maine mountains and would like to make it ahead of time. Can I freeze this soup? Thanks!

    - Marie-Josee on March 7, 2015 Reply
    • Yes, definitely :)

      - Jenn on March 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a delight. Thank you.

    - Lindsay on February 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Meant to add I’m a veggie, and replaced the chicken stock with a big standard veg problem!

    - Gina on February 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    So glad I made this, it’s delicious! Making it again for tea tonight. Many Thanks x

    - Gina on February 22, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I was looking for a recipe to make soup using up sweet potato and this one popped up first in my search. I was a little hesitant with the apple and honey added in ( I have a weird aversion to fruit cooked in my food) but I made it as per the recipe instruction and it was really quite good. Very tasty. I will definitely make this again.

    - Jenn on February 16, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thankyou for this wonderful recipe…I had a day when I needed a nice lunch for guests and had the ingredients on hand…. It was a huge hit with requests for me to make it again! It is so tasty!

    - Gracie on February 16, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have made this at least 3 times within the span of two weeks- so that I am not without it for lunch. Oh my goodness, why is it so good?? I’m not a huge fan of carrots on their own (who is?) and it’s a great way to get them in happily. I’ve given this recipe to other young moms who need an easy, healthy, and delightful way to get carrots into their family. I think Jenn is brilliant for nailing this one. Thank you for the recipe- truly 5 stars! Well done.

    - Rebecca on February 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    So happy I found your site, this is the 4th recipe I tried and one of my favorites! I absolutely love the flavor of this soup and don’t let the name fool you, it can also be made in the winter :)

    - Valerie on February 11, 2015 Reply
  • How long can I keep in fridge before using it ?

    - margaret dunne on February 10, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Margaret, The soup will keep well for several days in the fridge.

      - Jenn on February 10, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve tried several sweet potato/carrot soups and this is definitely the best yet. Thank you!

    - Laureen on February 4, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious! Easy to make and everyone liked it from ages 2.5 to 63. The 2.5 and 4 yr olds needed coaxing to try it and only had a few bites each but THAT is actually a good response to something new and full of vegetables. Will keep this recipe and make again. I did modify a bit. I only used two boxes of stock and guessed at the amount of carrots.

    - Elizabeth on January 13, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Great soup! :) Especially after adding my own home made chicken broth/stock. Less salt is healthier for you.

      - Rita on January 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this soup yesterday exactly as the recipe says. My husband and I simply love the flavour. I will definitely make it again.

    - Peggy hovell on January 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was a dinner party hit…they are still talking about it….simply delicious and delightful! A perfect beginning to a wonderful fall evening…I baked a loaf of crusty bread and WOW!!! husband says thanks as he could live on homemade soup!!

    - Susan Lippitt on December 14, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Perfection! My new favourite!

    - Rhonda Ireland on December 6, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I just started making soup because it’s just my husband and myself. This was an easy soup to make and so tasty. I had some celery so I added 2 chopped stalks to the onions and butter. It was the best soup I have tasted in so long. I have had to give 4 people the recipe.

    - Denise P. on October 22, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    After spending the day outdoors yesterday in the cold rain, my husband and I were in need of some hot soup to warm us up. I made this recipe as directed and it was very easy to make and truly delicious. Thank you!

    - Jodi on October 12, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Loved, loved, loved this soup. Thank you!

    - Karen on August 28, 2014 Reply
  • 3 stars

    This one was a little sweet and bland for me. So I added an extra half an onion, one small clove of garlic, about 1/2 cup coconut milk, and only 1/2 a fuji apple. It was then rich and balanced for my tastes. It may be a matter of how sweet the carrots and sweet potatoes are. I liked the silky creaminess when pureed and the warmth of the curry was great for cool weather. Overall a tasty soup that I will make again.

    - Linda on July 6, 2014 Reply
  • I made this and adjusted it a bit. I used less broth/water( just enough to cover the vege.) added an extra onion, a parsnip, used 4 carrots, 3 apples and 1 1/2 c cooked squash, 2 tsp curry and 2 tsp onion powder and once the vegetables were cooked I pureed with a hand blender and added creamy milk…absolutely amazing and very filing. I cook and deliver meals to seniors, I know they are going to love this new addition to their menu.

    - Terri C J on February 6, 2014 Reply
    • I didn’t add any honey, nothing

      - Terri CJ on February 6, 2014 Reply
  • I made this for first course at Thanksgiving. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. I am so glad I found your website. Keep up the good work.

    - Brenda Rice on January 7, 2014 Reply
  • boy does this carrot and sweet potatoe soup look good. I will definitely make this..thanks for all the great recipes.

    - DIANNE BAUGHCUM on November 21, 2013 Reply
  • This soup looks wonderful, and I’ve added to my list to try it. Thanks for posting.

    - Ponce on November 21, 2013 Reply
  • Made this last week. I like to make a soup every weekend for eating later in the week. Excellent flavor and easy to put together. This will be one of our regulars from now on. Thanks.

    - Lizzie on November 17, 2013 Reply
  • Love love love this recipe! It is SO flavorful and EASY! It is a nice change from the various butternut squash soups that I love to make during fall/winter.

    - Adora on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • Made this again for the third time. This time I didn’t have apples so I added a pinch of sugar. Instead of the curry powder I used my favorite Patak curry paste. Comes in a jar and is easy to add to anything. Makes a great sauce I use over stuffed peppers when stirred into warm greek yogurt. I’ll bet that would make a great garnish drizzled on top of this soup!

    - Debb on November 7, 2013 Reply
  • Great recipe. I forgot to add the honey, but thought it was great. I served the savory cheddar and thyme cornbread with it, super yummy. Thank you for sharing your recipes and making them seem like anyone can make them as good as you do.

    - Darlene on November 1, 2013 Reply
    • So glad you enjoyed, Darlene!

      - Jenn on November 2, 2013 Reply
  • The last time I made this soup, I took leftovers to work and on my walk from the microwave to my desk, I was stopped every few feet with people asking for my recipe (I happily pointed them here). This soup is wonderful and when served with a salad is a perfect lunch or dinner.

    - David on October 28, 2013 Reply
  • Made one an a half batch of this soup, i loved it! I took half of it to a friend house whos mother just passed away, soup is always good for the soul!

    - Monica on October 14, 2013 Reply
  • Delicious!! I added some spicy chorizo to make it more of a filling meal, and it turned out great.

    - Linzlowe on October 13, 2013 Reply
  • Love it!! I didn’t have any curry s I used Moroccan spice mix instead and the soup can out great!!!!!

    - Robin halpern on September 30, 2013 Reply
  • This is so delicious!

    I made it yesterday, followed instructions but used only 6 cups chicken broth because I like thicker soups.

    Thank you for sharing!

    - Maggie on September 14, 2013 Reply
  • Oh why don’t we get chicken broth but have to use the disgusting powder. :'(

    - Judy on August 2, 2013 Reply
  • This was very yummie! I also added a 1/2 cup orange juice and ground nutmeg,cloves,cinnamon to get that delicious autumn flavor!

    - Nicole Conger on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • This soup was delicious! I wish I had blended it a little longer to get it extra smooth, but it was wonderful with a grilled cheese sandwich, and made enough for several meals. Simple and satisfying :)

    - Abby on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • This soup is absolutely delicious! It has a wonderful flavor and is silky even when just blending with an immersion blender. I think the curry flavor is more intense the longer it sits and I usually enjoy it more the second day!

    - Amy on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Such a great go to soup! Perfect for a cold day. Thanks!

    - erin on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Just made this for my sick hubby and had a bowl myself too – it was AMAZING! Spicy but not too spicy, savory yet sweet, in other words, PERFECT! Thanks for the recipe. I liked how it was simple and there weren’t too many ingredients or fussy steps.

    - Meg @ Peaches and Cake on March 8, 2013 Reply
  • Just finished making this. Ingredients were on sale this week so I had lots of carrots and sweet potatoes.

    - Debb on January 10, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Jenn, my husband and I love this recipe. My mom is coming next week and dislikes curry, can you recommend another spice I can substitute? Thanks.

    - Taryn on January 2, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Taryn, Try some cinnamon, mace and nutmeg. I’d start with just a little and then increase as desired at the end.

      - Jenn on January 2, 2013 Reply
  • We had this for lunch on Christmas Day. It brought a wonderful welcoming scent to the house. We enjoued it with Gruyere cheese and carmelized onions grilled sandwiches. A “do over”
    for sure!

    - bjacks on December 27, 2012 Reply
  • This soup is now up there with my ultimate favorites. The only change I made was to brown the butter first. It adds a nice nutty deep flavor to it all.

    - Nicole on November 13, 2012 Reply
    • Great idea, Nicole!

      - Jenn on November 13, 2012 Reply
  • Sounds great, can this soup be frozen to serve later?

    - Suzanne on November 10, 2012 Reply
    • Yes, with no problem!

      - Jenn on November 10, 2012 Reply
  • We made this soup for supper last night and was it ever delicious – Perfect for a cold, drizzly evening. Did not change a thing, but upped the curry powder by just a bit (rounded TBSP). I was tempted to substitute olive oil for the butter, but so glad I decided against it – the butter adds a really nice, subtle note that just makes the soup awesome. We are looking forward to leftovers for lunch today. Thank you, Jenn, for yet another ‘keeper’ recipe!

    - Liesel on November 7, 2012 Reply
  • Made this last week, really liked it, will make it again. Notes: I think the apple flavor could be increased, may add another apple or two. Also, thought the curry was too subtle – strongly agree with author’s suggestion to add more curry powder if you know you like it. May reduce the amount of broth by a couple cups to make a little thicker…what I love is how versatile this is, a tweak here or there for personal preferences won’t hurt this recipe at all. Thanks for this one Jenn, love it!

    - Lindsay on November 4, 2012 Reply
  • This would be great with oven roasted squash as well!! Delish!

    - Chef Chris Bales on October 31, 2012 Reply
  • this would be excellent in a bread bowl!
    I can’t wait to make this one. thank you for sharing!

    - Hope on October 31, 2012 Reply
  • Absolutely wonderful ! Made this last weekend and it was a winner. Thanks!

    - Ros on October 26, 2012 Reply
  • Great soup! I made a few changes for personal tastes at our house – added some fresh sliced ginger in with the onion and used hot curry powder. Lots of spice but that’s how we like it.

    - Angela on October 22, 2012 Reply
  • eating this right now. delicious,easy, and healthy. what a perfect recipe! thanks for another great one!

    - Robyn on October 21, 2012 Reply
  • Yet another great recipe, Jenn! It’s a dreary, rainy day here, and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I thought this would make a perfect lunch for me and my two little ones. The curry gives the soup a nice, subtle spicy flavor without it tasting like a curry-flavored soup. Tasty, and healthy to boot! I’m serving with a spinach and apple salad. (I gave my 1-year-old a taste of the soup as it sat cooling on the stove, and she keeps coming back for more tastes, so it gets two thumbs up from the peanut gallery!)

    - Allie on October 19, 2012 Reply
  • This soup sounds yummy! Can I use Splenda or other sweetner rather than honey? My husband and many friends are diabetic. Many are on low fat, low salt diets.

    - Pat Rice on October 19, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Pat, Just leave out the honey and cut back on the salt if you need to…it will still be delicious.

      - Jenn on October 19, 2012 Reply
  • I just bought both fresh carrots and sweet potatoes and it’s the perfect recipe for this time of year. Sounds great! Thanks.

    - Mary on October 18, 2012 Reply
  • This soup looks amazing, and it is one I will DEFINITELY make soon. Thank you for posting.
    I am always looking for ways to get in more vegetables, and this is it!

    - Karen on October 18, 2012 Reply
  • wow. just got a house and my wife wants to cook this as the first meal. perfect. thank you so much.

    - prince robinson on October 18, 2012 Reply
  • I absolutely love creamy, warm soups in the fall and winter. I will have to try this recipe out.

    P.s. Made your Mandel Bread and LOVED it!

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on October 18, 2012 Reply

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