Welcome to the ugliest recipe I’ve ever posted.

Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Soup I howsweeteats.com

Oh… hey there.

You know that potato soup that you love so much? The one made with glugs upon glugs of heavy cream and cheese, only to be garnished with more cheese, crunchy bacon and green onions? At least you got some vegetables there.


Yeah. Well, I love that soup. Like, L.O.V.E. that soup. I want to eat it every freaking day. Wait… does someone out there not like that soup? Because if that’s the case, I really don’t know how much longer we can continue this relationship.

Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Soup I howsweeteats.com


I made a version with sweet potatoes. Clearly. I don’t know why I act like I have to spell everything out for you. I think you’re pretty smart.

Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Soup I howsweeteats.com

My “loaded” idea of sweet potato soup comes bearing a dollop of mascarpone, crumbled goat cheese, crispy, caramely shallots and obviously… bacon.

Duh. It’s not like I was abducted by aliens or anything.

But the actual soup itself is fairly heathy,  which always means one thing… more room for toppings! Did you expect anything less of me? I think not.

Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Soup I howsweeteats.com

Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Soup

serves about 4, can be easily multiplied

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (I had 2lbs total after peeling and cubing)

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 tablespoons flour

1/2 sweet onion, diced (about 1/2 cup chopped)

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 1/2-3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

1 1/2-2 cups low-sodium chicken stock

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

for garnishes: bacon, mascarpone cheese, crumbled goat cheese & crispy shallots

Prepare potatoes: peel and cube sweet potatoes, then add to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high power for about 10 minutes or until fork tender, tossing 2-3 times during cook time. If you do not want to use the microwave, throw the potatoes on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper (you can omit/add less salt and pepper later if this is the case) and roast at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes. Using the microwave will help this soup come together in 30 minutes. Roasting the sweet potatoes adds a bit more “caramely,” deep flavor.

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add butter and diced onions and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute more, then add flour and whisk continuously to create a roux with the onions. Cook the onion roux for about 2-3 minutes, until it starts to golden in color a bit and smell nutty. Add in stock, milk, smoked paprika and potatoes, then bring to a boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes over medium heat, stirring often – especially scraping the bottom. The potatoes will begin to bread down at this time – if they are not as broken down as you’d like, mash a bit more with a fork. Turn heat down to low and add salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings according to preference. If you’d prefer a thinner soup, add more stock to thin it out. You can also throw the soup in the blender to make it super creamy.

Serve hot with garnishes of crumbled bacon, mascarpone cheese, goat cheese, and crisped shallots.

Note: to crisp the shallots, I sliced 2 whole shallots very thinly, add a little canola oil over medium-high heat, and once hot added the shallots. I cooked them for about 2 minutes, then removed with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper towel. So good.

Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Soup I howsweeteats.com

Don’t hate it because it’s [not] beautiful.

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122 Responses to “Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Soup.”

  1. #
    Kerry — October 25, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    I think we’re kindred spirits. I LOVE bacon and everything sweet. Your photography is fabulous. Your blog is inspiring me to eat more creatively.


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    Tiffiny — October 25, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    your baked potato soup is my absolute favorite soup ever. & this looks just as good!

    do you bake your bacon to make it look so perfect??


    • Jessica — October 25th, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

      Nope I actually fried this bacon… but it depends, occasionally I do bake it for ease – just depends on what’s going on in my kitchen at the moment.


  3. #
    Carissa — October 25, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    I think the pics of this might be prettier than some of the ones of the apple crumble from yesterday! No matter, though, because both recipes sound delicious & are properly festive for fall. Everything about fall foods makes me happy!


  4. #
    Andrea — October 25, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    I bought exactly three sweet potatoes at the store and did not yet have a plan for them. SCORE! Looks fabulous.


    • Andrea — October 25th, 2011 @ 11:16 pm


      I ended up making this for hubby and I- and we LOVED it. Ok- I loved it, he liked it. Admitting that he actually even likes anything made of vegetables is BIG. I pureed it and topped with bacon crumbles. Thanks for a recipe I know I’ll make again! Easy on the wallet, too.


  5. #
    Sara @ Sara Says.. Bake. — October 25, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    Sometimes the ugliest dishes taste the best. It’s true.


  6. #
    Jess @ Jess Go Bananas — October 25, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    Hahahaha…I agree-the healtier the soup, the more room there is for toppings! Pass the crunchy bread!


  7. #
    Erin @ The Speckled Palate — October 25, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    Oh my goodness. This recipe looks incredible, even if the dish isn’t all that pretty. But sometimes, the least pretty dishes are the ones that are the most delicious, and I bet this falls into that category. I cannot wait to try this!


  8. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — October 25, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    You call something with bacon ugly? Girl you need to go lay down and rest! And this soup? GET IN MA BELLY!


  9. #
    Cookbook Queen — October 25, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Welp, I love potato soup in ALL forms, so that settles it. We’re friends.

    Wanna know how my FAVORITE way to eat potato soup is?

    While watching Dirty Soap.

    (yeah, I know..I sort of just sealed the deal on our friendship)


    • Jessica — October 25th, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

      We are soul mates.


  10. #
    kaceyt @ om&nom.com — October 25, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    Ugly or not, I’m making this soup! I looooove potato soup and I loooooove sweet potatoes…why did I not think of doing this?!? Thank you, yet again, for yet another recipe I don’t know how I lived without.


  11. #
    Lizzie — October 25, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    Bacon is a vegetable…right??


  12. #
    Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files — October 25, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    This doesn’t look ugly to me at all this looks AMAZING. sweet potatos, goat cheese, and fried shallots?! it honestly sounds too good to be true


  13. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — October 25, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    Scott would be in soupy tatery heaven if I made this for him :)


  14. #
    Jen — October 25, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Think I could substitute butternut squash? I desperately need to use one that I picked up at the farmer’s market and this looks ah-mazing.


  15. #
    Noelle — October 25, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    I like your candor and honesty :D. It actually looks and sounds appetizing.


  16. #
    Casey — October 25, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    Great looking soup. My sister left for vacation and left me with a ton of sweet potatoes. I now know what I am going to do with them!!!! Thanks – Found you via Movita Beaucoup…looking for your slow cooking bbq chicken. Must get back to looking for that recipe.


  17. #
    janetha — October 25, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    this is happening at my house real soon.


  18. #
    Kat — October 25, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    Quite the contrary! I think this soup is gorgeous!…I loooooooooove your soup crocks!!!!


  19. #
    betty — October 25, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    I can’t resist to have bacon and potatoes but sweet potato sounds way better, it looks so creamy and delicious!



  20. #
    danielle — October 25, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    My husband is going to love this!!!


  21. #
    Kris — October 25, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    Wowzers! That looks fantastic! I just posted a potato cheese soup on my blog that is so easy and delicious!


  22. #
    Biana @ TastyGalaxy.com — October 25, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    Sweet potatoes, goat cheese and bacon – sounds like a winner to me!


  23. #
    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — October 25, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    That is one nice looking sweet potato soup!


  24. #
    raquel — October 26, 2011 @ 12:12 am

    actually when I saw this post said that it is the most ugliest post you’ve ever posted, it makes me think..well for me this is one of the most interested post I ever read =)


  25. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — October 26, 2011 @ 12:33 am

    Oh my gosh girl, this soup looks SO freakin’ good!!! This is the first potato soup I have seen with sweet potatoes.


  26. #
    Maria — October 26, 2011 @ 1:11 am

    You think that’s ugly??? It’s amazing! <3


  27. #
    Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 26, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    Oh man, your Potato soup looks off the hook! I promised my Hubby potato soup this week and your recipe came just in time!!


  28. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — October 26, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    Holy Smokes! Have I ever told you that you’re genius?! Like a serious genius!
    This sounds…and I think, looks…INCREDIBLE!


  29. #
    all info shared — October 26, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    That is one nice looking sweet potato soup


  30. #
    Deb — October 26, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    Anything with bacon is good with me! Never would’ve thought to use sweet spuds, though…so thanks for the inspiration. One comment: you simply must try some Himalayan pink salt. I get mine from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com. The flavor is so much better than regular salt!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe—I can’t wait to try it!


  31. #
    Valentina at The Baking Fairy — October 26, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    This looks so delicious. I love baked potato soup, and I love sweet potatoes even more… but I don’t think I would’ve ever thought to combine the two! This is definitely on my “to-make” list.
    P.S. I don’t think there is a single post on this lovely blog of yours where I don’t laugh out loud while reading it… my family probably thinks I’m crazy.


  32. #
    Stacy — October 27, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Sweet potatoes, goat cheese, AND bacon?? Sign me up! This looks awesome!


  33. #
    Courtney R — October 27, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Aaaaaaaand pinned! Loaded sweet potato soup?? It’s definitely moving up to the top of my to make list.


  34. #
    Michelle Loo — October 27, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    OH EM GEE!!! It’s these beautiful white bowls again!!
    I bought some after you told me it was at SLT….I just wanna say THANK YOUUU<3 I love them :)



  35. #
    Liz W (EmmaEats) — October 27, 2011 @ 11:32 pm


    The 2nd last picture (the one with the spoon front and centre) is gorgeous. Beautiful way to make something otherwise difficult to photograph look really fabulous.


  36. #
    Chrysa — October 29, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    Made this tonight and I am eating it as I type this. Easy. (Relatively) Healthy. Delicious. Sounds like a winner to me! Thanks!


  37. #
    danielle — October 30, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post -stop by and see. I can not wait to try this soup!


  38. #
    Tracy — October 30, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    I don’t think this is ugly at all – in fact I am drooling all over it right now!! I love sweet potatoes and this soup is awesome!!


  39. #
    Mike — October 31, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Looks unbelievable even if a little bit heavy calories wise…but will definitely give it a try since it’s made with my fav thing on the planet: sweet potatoes!

    Mike @TheIronYou


  40. #
    Becky — November 2, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    Can you share with me tips as to how to cut a sweet potato? I’ve fought them. I’ve bought and bent a fry cutter. I’ve cut myself. Mr. Burgher has cut himself. I love, love, love sweet potatoes and this soup is making me so hungry (it’s the bacon that’s calling my name, let’s be for real). How can I do this without going crazy?


  41. #
    Lisa — November 5, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

    I just made this recipe and mine is so much thinner than the picture. I added the right amount of chicken and vegetable stock.. It still tastes great though!


  42. #
    Francesca — November 21, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    Made this last night for dinner. It was delicious! I baked the potatoes first and then added them to the pot. I thought baking them would add a “sweeter” flavor, but that wasn’t the case. Next time I’ll just go ahead and boil them. This soup was super creamy and flavorful. We didn’t use any toppings…just pureed the soup and enjoyed with some crackers.


  43. #
    marykate — November 21, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    i’ve never commented on here before, but i made this for the second time this weekend, and it is hands-down my favorite. soup. ever. i can’t get enough of it. i’m secretly thrilled that my husband doesn’t love sweet potatoes so he’s not interested in more than a taste of this soup. i can’t think of many things i’d want to eat for lunch four days in a row, but i’m already sad about this batch being finished. i swirled in some greek yogurt and goat cheese and put shallots on top. amazing. thank you.


  44. #
    Linda Beymer — September 26, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    Not Beautiful!!!!!! OMG!!!! I was salivating…..No! Not Just salivating! I WAS DROOLING!!!
    I just came off of a fast and drinking that colyte(liquid soap) for a colonoscopy, and I am ready to EAT! Since I have to still take it easy until my gut gets used to having stuff in it again, this looks like it will be Just Perfect!
    Thanks Jessica!


  45. #
    Odile — October 10, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    WOW !! I just cooked this soup today and it is SO good. I feel like a chef now, thank you! I added just a small tablespoon of peanut butter and it tastes perfect to me.

    (by the way, I am in love with your blog. you are so creative and your pictures are amazing. keep being awesome :D)


  46. #
    jes — February 22, 2013 @ 12:47 am

    made this tonight, fantastic!! even the hubby loved it, and he usually only likes broth soups. made everything right down to the fried onions. will make again and again!


  47. #
    Roxanne — March 10, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    So so good. Ours was really runny, and when it was done simmering was just potatoes floating in a clear broth. So I stuck my immersion blender in there and boom! Turned it into a creamy delicious soup. Thanks so much for this! I put every topping in and especially loved the goat cheese.


  48. #
    StaceyB — January 14, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    I made this last night and had it this morning for brunch – I just had to leave a comment… It was AMAZING!!! I had no idea how it was going to taste with the sweet potatoes and bacon, but it wasn’t really sweet! It was kind of like regular potato soup – BUT SO MUCH BETTER!!! YUMMMM!!! This will become a regular menu item at my house for sure!!!! I also made your buffalo chicken sandwich for dinner last night and they were fantastic too!!! I am so happy I found your website! I just “liked” your FB page too!!! Thank you!!!!!


  49. #
    Bridget Brewer — October 11, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    I just made this–it’s fabulous!! I sprinkled bleu cheese on top. WOW.



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