Autumn Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

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With carrots, sweet potatoes and apples, this savory soup with a hint of sweetness is the essence of fall.

Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

It seems I’ve always got the components of this soup lingering in my veggie bin (along with other mysterious things, but I’ll spare you those details), so it’s easy to whip up on a cool fall day. The nice thing is that the sweet potatoes add body to the soup, making it luxuriously silky, without even the slightest bit of guilt-inducing heavy cream.

Now, I have to admit that I’m not one of those people who look forward to fall; my pessimistic side knows all too well that winter is looming. But the thought of comfort food and cozy clothes does make it more bearable. So go ahead and think of this dish as that soft knit sweater you can’t wait to put on at the first sign of a chill. Pair the soup with crusty artisan bread, challah, or dinner rolls.

“Absolutely scrumptious! My husband is still talking about how delicious dinner was last night!”


About Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes on a counter.

Before we get started, let’s talk about sweet potatoes. 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 and are delicious in sweet potato pie, mashed sweet potatoes, and sweet potato casserole.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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

Onions, butter, and curry powder in a pot.

Add the carrots, sweet potatoes, and chicken broth and bring to a boil.

Boiling pot of chicken broth.

Cover and simmer over low heat until the vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes, then toss in the chopped apples.

Chopped apples in a pot of broth and vegetables.

Purée with a stick blender until smooth and creamy.

Immersion blender in a pot of soup.


Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup
Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

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Autumn Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

With carrots, sweet potatoes and apples, this savory soup with a hint of sweetness is the essence of fall.

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
  • 1½ pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 small), peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 cups chicken broth, best quality such as Swanson
  • 1¾ 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.)
  3. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The soup can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost the soup in the refrigerator for 12 hours and then reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until hot.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 1/3 cups
  • Calories: 277
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Sodium: 941mg
  • Cholesterol: 22mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • This is a delicious soup, instead of 6 cups chicken stock I used 4 cups chicken stock and 2 cups coconut milk, I also added 1 teaspoon of Graham masala for extra flavor.

    • — Marianne on March 22, 2024
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  • I loved the spices in the squash soup recipe.Do you think it would work using those spices in the carrot soup?

    • — Eleanor on February 20, 2024
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    • Sure, Eleanor, I think it’s worth trying (although there aren’t a lot of differences between the two in terms of seasoning).

      • — Jenn on February 20, 2024
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  • yum! Made it for the first time and love it. Shared some with my neighbor and he give it two thumbs up as well.

    • — GeorgiaPeachy on February 17, 2024
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  • Ridiculous, gets better with each day!

    • — Ellen on February 12, 2024
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  • delicious

    • — Weather Forecast on January 11, 2024
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  • Hi Jenn, making this soup now for 2nd time. Have a friend who is vegetarian and gluten free. Can you suggest any type of bread to go with this? She is in the hospital coming home soon, elderly.
    Thanks, Rose

    • — Rose Kidd on January 4, 2024
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    • Hi Rose, that’s nice that you’re preparing this for her arrival home. Unfortunately, I don’t have any gluten-free bread recipes. You could take a peek at some of the gluten-free recipes here (I really trust King Arthur’s recipes). Although I haven’t made either one, both the biscuits and dinner rolls look promising. Hope you find something that works. 😊

      • — Jenn on January 4, 2024
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  • I love this soup. Thanks for sharing!

    • — Neny on December 29, 2023
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  • Amazing soup and so very easy to make with ingredients I usually have on hand.

    • — Lori Jones on December 28, 2023
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  • Jenn, this soup is like a warm hug. Incredible!!!

    Happy Holidays, Rose

    • — Rose Kidd on December 22, 2023
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  • Great soup

    • — Jim on December 15, 2023
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  • love this soup, lost recipe, so glad to find it online again

    • — Tisha Barber on November 9, 2023
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  • Can I substitute the curry for another spice? If so, what would you suggest?

    • — Michelle on November 5, 2023
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    • Sure Michelle – any warm spice or blend of warm spices would be nice here (garam masala, cinnamon, cumin, etc) or you could add herbs like thyme or rosemary. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on November 6, 2023
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