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Smokey + Spicy Sweet Potato Soup {Roasted Sweet Potato Soup}

Warmly spiced sweet potatoes, apples, and onions are roasted and given a kick with Chipotle in this Smokey + Spicy Sweet Potato Soup.

Bowl of sweet potato soup with colorful root chips and green herbs scattered over the top.

Hands holding bowl of sweet potato soup.

Close up of hand stirring blended sweet potato soup in blender.

Baking sheet full of seasoned sweet potatoes, onions, and apples.

Spilled bag of root vegetable chips.

Fall is undoubtedly the theme here. When you spoon into this cozy bowl of goodness, you’ll be scooping up a perfect balance of spicy, savory, sweet, and smokey. At the developing stages of this recipe I was pretty torn on where to take my flavors; curry and ginger are always big hits when it comes to sweet potato soups. But the Internet is brimming with those!

In an effort to tap into some true fall vibes, I brought in the flavors that remind me of fall the most; nutmeg, cinnamon, apples, smokiness. I decided that I could make these flavors work. Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile—welcoming both the sweet and savory.

I tossed sweet potatoes, apples, and onions in some warming spices, then roasted them until golden and tender. After that, I pureed the lot with some veg broth and added some smokey chipotle hot sauce to heat things up; an extra swirl of chipotle hot sauce over a prepared bowl does wonders. And to add some crunch, I sprinkled crumbled root vegetable chips on top. Croutons or toasted pepitas would also do well!

I can promise you this: you will not miss the curry or ginger. This is SUCH a fun change of pace for a sweet potato soup :)

This is my second soup recipe in a short period of time, but if I know you, I know you won’t mind! Soup season seems to be big here at Killing Thyme.

With that, if you’re looking for more soup recipes, I’ve got you covered:

I do hope you give this smokey and spicy sweet potato soup a whirl, though. If you do, stop by to let me know what you think!

Away from the table…

I tried the *best* porter earlier this week: Thrilla in Vanilla by Double Barley Brewing. If stouts and porters are your thing, I highly recommend you seek this one out.

Audiobooks! I’m currently listening to my first audiobook ever: Know My Name by Chanel Miller. I’m definitely more of the curl-up-with-a-book type, but I really wanted to give this woman her voice. And I’m glad I did. This audiobook is a must-listen.

If you live here in Raleigh or the surrounding area, and shopping sustainable and supporting local is your thing, go to Weaver Street Market. I’m obsessed. I went to the one downtown last night and was heart-eyed the entire time. We snagged some artisanal goodies to make homemade pizza, smoked fresh mozzarella (am I dreaming?), and Chai-Spiced peanut and almond butter. I already can’t wait to go back!

Close up of bowl of sweet potato soup with veggie chips scattered on top.

If you try this recipe or create your own variation, let me know in the comments! I love connecting with you. Then snap a photo and tag me on the Insta @killing__thyme to be featured in our newsletter.

Bowl of sweet potato soup with colorful root chips and green herbs scattered over the top.
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Smokey + Spicy Sweet Potato Soup {Roasted Sweet Potato Soup}

Warmly spiced sweet potatoes, apples, and onions are roasted and given a kick with Chipotle in this Smokey + Spicy Sweet Potato Soup.
Course Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Comfort Food, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword apples, chipotle, comfort food, soup, sweet potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Dana Sandonato


  • 4 cups cubed sweet potato, peeled (about 2 sweet potatoes) I cube my sweet potatoes about .5 x .5" so they roast quickly.
  • 2 gala apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp Chipotle hot sauce, plus extra for drizzle

Optional Garnishes.

  • Vegetable or root chips
  • Fresh chopped parsley


  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Place cubed sweet potatoes, sliced apples, and onion wedges in a bowl. Drizzle olive oil on top, and add salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and smoked paprika. Toss to coat, then transfer to a baking sheet, evenly spreading all of the ingredients. Roast for 35 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender and can be pierced with a fork.
  • When done, transfer the roasted sweet potatoes, apples, and onions to a high-powered blender. (Depending on your blender, you might have to do this in batches.) Add the vegetable broth and chipotle hot sauce. Blend on high until the mixture is completely puréed, leaving you with a velvety smooth texture.
  • Transfer to bowls, drizzle with extra chipotle hot sauce, and top with vegetable/root chips and fresh parsley. (Feel free to use croutons instead, or serve with bread).


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  • Izzy M
    October 24, 2019 at 11:54 am

    5 stars
    One of the best soups I’ve ever had! I usually go the butternut squash route for fall soups, but I’m so glad I tried this. I had it for lunch every day until it was all gone!

    • Killing Thyme
      October 27, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Izzy. Thanks for stopping by with feedback!

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  • Trish Bozeman
    October 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    5 stars
    Oh Dana, my fall loving heart is singing right now! There’s something about roasting that brings so much more flavor to soup. Love the added apples in there for some sweetness. The perfect fall soup!

  • Debra
    October 16, 2019 at 9:18 am

    5 stars
    I wish I could give this a few more stars. I had so many sweet potatoes from my CSA to use up….along with (no surprise here) apples. I sprinkled on adobe chili powder when I roasted the veggies since I didn’t have any adobe hot sauce. The only problem I had was the roasted tray of potatoes and apples was DELISH all on its own and I may have gobbled a bit of that in advance….so I just used a bit less broth. I will absolutely be making this again.

  • Jenni LeBaron
    October 15, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    5 stars
    The sweet potato, apple, and onion makes such a perfect blend of spice, sweet, and savory flavors. This looks so hearty and creamy too! Can’t wait to try this gorgeous fall soup!

  • Lisa
    October 13, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    5 stars
    The flavors and spice you’ve put into this soup are really inviting, and the root chips on top, give it such a wonderful contrast to the smoothness of the soup. You used hot sauce in this recipe, but I’m wondering if I tried a chipotle pepper (just one) in adobo sauce if that would work too. I only ask because I seemingly always have chipotle peppers leftover from the can. Do you think it would be too spicy or overpowering? I love the sound of this soup and your photos are mouthwatering, so I can’t wait to try it.

  • Tina
    October 12, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    5 stars
    This soup is fantastic, really. I’m glad to discover a sweet potato soup that isn’t curry or ginger. I love those too but I really want something new. Love the warm spices combo with the apple and onion. Saving this for soon! Thanks for sharing this! I love audiobooks too, I spend way to much time in a car and it’s a great way to ‘read’ a book.

  • Sandra Shaffer
    October 12, 2019 at 1:00 am

    5 stars
    This is a delicious belly warming soup! So smart to add those apples and I would have never thought to roast them along with the sweet potatoes. Such a tasty winter soup and filling too!

  • Sarah
    October 11, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    5 stars
    Why have I never thought of roasting apples?! And smoked paprika is my jam 😍 This soup looks so good- I’ve been on a major sweet potato kick lately and I can’t wait to try it like this. Gimme all the spice!

  • Gloria
    October 11, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    5 stars
    YES this is comfort food for sure. I love wrapping my hands around a hot mug of soup to fight away the chill. This is PERFECT. Love the sweet and smoky combination. The crunch of the veggie chips as a garnish is brilliant. I know this would be a hit with hubby too.


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