Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

Kale and Sweet Potato Soup madebyjayne.com

Some time this month is/was national kale day and as I’m in my first week of doing my 4th October Unprocessed it seems only fitting to celebrate such a healthy day! This post was meant to be timed with that day but sometimes life gets in the way of such plans.

I have been trying to think of ways to use up kale as my crop keeps coming from the allotment! I’ve had lots of kale salads and one of my favourite quick dinners is stir fried kale with fried eggs.  One of the pod casts I enjoy listening to is the Splendid Table and while perusing their website I came across a recipe for Kale and Sweet Potato soup. I happened to have both sweet potatoes and kale so set about making this soup for a healthy lunch. I wondered why there was no picture of the soup on their website, strange not to have a picture with a recipe especially on a food site. Well once I made the soup and took approximately 60 pictures trying to get the soup to look like anything other than bile I understood why they decided not to include a picture! The soup certainly does taste nicer than it looks, but don’t let its vivid green appearance put you off! Unfortunately that did happen to my husband, I couldn’t help but laugh hearing his worried shout up the stairs “this soup isn’t for me is it?” No, he could not be persuaded to share any!

I really like this soup, the sweet potatoes lend their typical sweet tones and the toasty cumin and heat from the chilli combine to make a very tasty, warming soup. It’s quick to make and good for you too with both kale and sweet potatoes been high in vitamins, fibre and iron. To avoid the bright green colour you could blend the soup a little less or adjust the sweet potato/kale ratio.

Kale and Sweet Potato Soup  (inspired from this recipe)


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet potato, approx 350 grams
  • 225 grams kale, I used curly kale but any is fine. Remove tough stems and roughly chop leaves
  • 750 ml vegetable stock plus a little more to thin soup at the end
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chilli pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add the oil to a large saucepan and sauté the onion and sweet potato over a medium heat until the onion is softened.
  2. Add the stock to the potatoes and onions and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the cumin and chilli , stir to combine then add the kale and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes until the potatoes are soft and the kale cooked through. The kale will sit right on top of the soup, if you put a lid on the pan the kale on top will steam.
  4. Carefully pour the contents of the pan into a blender and blend until desired consistency is reached. If necessary add a little more stock if a thinner soup is preferred.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. #1 by Liz on October 12, 2013 - 14:41

    looks a lot like a pureed zucchini soup I enjoy–you’ve made it look good 🙂 Just last night I made a kale and sweet potato salad, so it’s fun to see those same ingredients combined in a soup. Adding it to my “to try” list. Thanks for sharing and good thing about your husband as now you get it all 😀

    • #2 by Jayne on October 12, 2013 - 15:26

      Ooh I love the sound of your salad, very fun to have the same ingredients used so differently!

  2. #3 by Lizthechef on October 12, 2013 - 16:15

    Love this combo and I laughed aloud when I read your husband’s worried question!

    • #4 by Jayne on October 12, 2013 - 21:33

      Thanks! Yes that still makes me laugh when I remember the panic in his voice!

  3. #5 by Georgina on October 13, 2013 - 10:59

    I think that your soup looks really lovely – and the colour is beautiful!

    • #6 by Jayne on October 13, 2013 - 12:45

      Thank you, very sweet of you to say!

  4. #7 by Geraldine on October 15, 2013 - 17:56

    this looks great. I’m not a kale fan, one of the few veggies I don’t like but I think I’ll give your recipe a try. 😉

    following your blog now too. 🙂

    • #8 by Jayne on October 28, 2013 - 10:02

      Thanks so much for the follow and for commenting!

  5. #9 by Katie Zeller on October 15, 2013 - 19:39

    Great soup – as to the color… I make one called ‘Emerald Soup’ that is really bright LOL I worked with a woman who wouldn’t eat anything green…. poor thing.

    • #10 by Jayne on October 28, 2013 - 17:13

      That’s a great title! My husband ate virtually no green when I first met him!

    • #11 by celestedimilla on November 1, 2013 - 17:47

      Haha – the only green things my ex-husband ate were green M & M’s! Thankfully my current hubby loves his dark leafy greens!! 🙂

      • #12 by Jayne on November 9, 2013 - 12:22

        Thats so funny! My husband is better than he use to be but getting him to eat greens is still a bit of a chore!

  6. #13 by celestedimilla on November 1, 2013 - 17:46

    I make a mean white bean and kale soup, but I’ve never made a kale soup with sweet potatoes. This looks yummy and so pretty!! Celeste 🙂

    • #14 by Jayne on November 9, 2013 - 12:22

      Thanks! I like the sound of your white bean and kale soup!

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