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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup for #SundaySupper

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup is delightfully flavored with onion, pear, cinnamon, and ginger. Top with croutons or serve with a grilled cheese sandwich.

A cold snap blew in as expected. This one arrived with a thunderstorm, the first of many spring ones to come. March would not be the same without big temperature swings. This time I was ready for a chilly, rainy day. I did a little roasting, simmering, and blending. Plus I played with my favorite root vegetable and made Roasted Sweet Potato Soup.

Milo doesn’t like rain or cold. Whippets don’t have a layer of fat or thick hair to keep them warm. One drop of rain lands on them and they look at you like you are crazy for making them go out. Plus there is a Milo fear factor too (he’s afraid of everything). It means he has to go out through the basement. Getting him to go outside when it is raining is an ordeal of epic proportions.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup | Magnolia Days

Anyway, back to the soup. The inspiration for it came in a most unexpected place. We got on a hospital’s mailing list because of a minor procedure done there years ago. They send a magazine occasionally and usually I toss it and never look through it. For whatever reason I flipped through one recently. In it was a recipe for a pear and sweet potato soup. It was more pear than sweet potato. The combo sounded nice yet I wanted the opposite with more sweet potato and a touch of pear.

The seasoning needed adjusting too. The original recipe only called for thyme. Now I adore thyme. I have two varieties in my garden and will plant more soon. I wanted something different. I matched up cinnamon with sweet potato and ginger with pear. Those flavor pairings worked brilliantly.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup | Magnolia Days

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup is thick and comforting. It has a balance of sweet and savory. Neither stand above the other. Roasting the sweet potatoes adds to their flavor as opposed to only boiling them. The same goes for the pear. After they are roasted it is only a few minutes to soften onion, add garlic and spices, then simmer with broth. There’s a final quick blend to get its silky smoothness.

What to serve with the soup? I recommend homemade croutons (from sourdough bread is the best) or a grilled cheese sandwich. A salad would be nice too. It doesn’t take much of the soup to satisfy your hunger. Both sweet potatoes and pears are loaded with fiber that fills you up. They are full of vital nutrients too.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup | Magnolia Days

Which root vegetable is your favorite? Scroll down to find a list of recipes for them by Sunday Supper tastemakers. There has to be one or more you find intriguing. I know I see several I want to investigate. Also take a look at Celeriac Salad and Glazed Carrot Cake for more of my root vegetable recipes.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup is delightfully flavored with onion, pear, cinnamon, and ginger. Top with croutons or serve with a grilled cheese sandwich.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Author Renee Dobbs


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 pear
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 cups vegetable broth


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes. Peel and core pear and cut into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Place sweet potato and pear cubes on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on top and toss to coat. Spread cubes evenly on baking sheet.
  4. Roast for 45 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender and lightly browned.
  5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add garlic, stir, and cook for 1 minute. Add cinnamon, ginger, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted pear, and broth. Stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Purée with an immersion blender or in a regular blender. If using regular blender, you may have to puree in batches.
  8. Return puréed soup to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup is delightfully flavored with onion, pear, cinnamon, and ginger. Top with croutons or serve with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Recipe inspired by one in the Northside Hospital Lifetime of Care Magazine.

It’s time to go underground for flavor. Take a look at these root vegetable recipes by Sunday Supper tastemakers:






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Recipe Rating

Sue Lau

Monday 21st of March 2016

Sounds delicious!


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

I chose sweet potatoes over regular potatoes all the time. They're delicious flavor that's slightly sweet but also savory is my go to tater of choice! Love this soup!

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

Seriously, I love this recipe, Renee! We're due for a whole bunch of rain this week and this soup would be just the ticket! Roasting pears are incredible, too.

Renee@Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday 7th of March 2016

I love these kinds of soups and yours looks just amazing! I cannot stop thinking about it, which means, I must make it soon!

Jane's Adventures in Dinner

Monday 7th of March 2016

Fantastic soup, and I can just picture Milo C: