Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

Having eaten the delicious Thai soup a few days ago, I craved hot soup every day this week. I craved it because it is still very chilly outside and partly because it helped soothe my sore throat, which I can happily say is all gone. Yippee!


With unlimited amount of coconut milk around the house that was used for our  traditional New Year’s Day menu, I wanted to make a healthy soup that used coconut milk to take advantage of the supply.

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That’s the real deal. I normally use Trader Joe’s lite coconut milk because it’s more accessible, but since I had the real thing on hand, I figured why not use it.

There were plenty of recipes that I wanted to try (see here and here) but I eventually settled for a sweet and savory flavor. This recipe was adapted from KathEats.


Sweet Potato and  Kale Soup

  • 2 pounds of sweet potato, cut into 1” pieces and microwaved in a bowl on high for 6.5 minutes to start the cooking process (I used 1 pound uncooked sweet potato and 1 pound leftover roasted sweet potato)
  • 3 cloves garlic,  pressed
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup real coconut milk
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim milk, soy milk)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 4 cups kale, trimmed, washed and torn into small pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup salted peanuts, for garnish
  1. Prepare sweet potatoes in microwave.
  2. Heat a large pot on medium high.  Heat 1 tablespoon of oil (I used coconut oil) and add potatoes, cooking until they begin to brown. Stir in garlic.
  3. Add coconut milk, vegetable stock, almond milk, garam masala, salt, pepper and chili powder.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Mash potatoes with potato masher or puree with immersion blender.
  6. Add raisins, kale and vanilla and cover. Allow to cook for 8-10 more minutes, until kale is bright green.
  7. Portion into bowls and garnish with 1 tbsp each peanuts.



I never thought having kale in soups tasted so good. I love that it’s soft and chewy. I love eating kale raw in salads and I’ve eaten them steamed too, but there’s something about having them in soup that makes them taste great.


Instead of sour cream, I used plain greek yogurt to complete my bowl of soup.IMG_1659

I will definitely be making this again.



  1. Yum yum. I love the addition of peanuts & raisins. Such a unique dish

  2. i’ve never tried anything like this before… it sounds so delicious:) i love how you added the peanuts on the top. yum! thanks for sharing.

  3. I was so looking forward to this! My mom has THE same exact coconut milk can! 😉

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better today! 🙂

  4. So glad you’re feeling better! thanks for the recipe!!!!!

  5. I’m really not much of a coconut fan, but I can see hOw it would compliment the sweet potato nicely. There’s nothing better than a hardy soup in the winter either 🙂

  6. this looks so good. so thick and creamy!

  7. I have recently discovered kale. It is such a delicious green, and so good for you. I usually saute is with garlic and lemon….never tried it in a soup. But now I will!

  8. i’m really excited to make this soup. i love kale and i love sweet potatoes, so i think we’ll get along quite well. 🙂

    • Emily, I hope you make it soon. It’s really tasty and taste so comforting. We ate the whole batch already so I’m looking forward to when I will be making it again.

  9. This soup looks great. Creamy and comforting!

  10. I NEED to try this soup. Im in love with any soup that contains coconut milk, so Im thinking this will be a hit. 🙂

    • Leah, hope you try it soon. The recipe I made was for 4 servings, so I am all out of this delicious soup now.

      I think next time I will try it with “lite” coconut milk because the leftovers were a too thick and I had to add hot water to help thin it out.

  11. mmmmm! sweet potato and kale are my favorite!!!

  12. I LOVE this recipe. Two of my favorite veggies! I have been using coconut milk in all my soups lately…it makes it so creamy and delicious! This looks really hearty and filling…which is what I LOVE in a soup 🙂

  13. Michelle Hooimeyer says:

    Made this soup last night for a dinner club. It was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Rebecca says:

    I was at Michelle’s dinner club and I’m coming here to get the recipe. I want to make if for my hubby and 4 kids. It was AMAZING!! 🙂

  15. I have not tried this soup before. Thai dishes are spicy right?

    • Yes, typically Thai soup are spicy and I like eating them that way. But you can control spicy level by asking the restaurant to omit the pepper or when you make it at home, add spice to taste.


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