Loaded Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup
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Loaded Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup! A creamy, smokey, slightly sweet, crazy flavorful, and nutritiously delicious soup. We make it in the slow cooker so you don’t have to babysit it on the stove top. Topped with bacon crumbles, crispy onions, a good sized pinch of cheese, dollop of sour cream, and diced green onions for the ultimate bowl of delish!
Hi! Let’s make this dreamy Loaded Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup today! Like A LOT of recipes that you find here on the skinny(ish) dish this recipe was born out of necessity. I had sweet potatoes and cauliflower that had seen better days and I thought to myself…
Let’s combine them and make soup because why not? I love a cozy bowl of potato soup so I figured a smokey sweet potato version would be perfect.
But, not just any soup. Let’s make it savory, smokey, sorta sweet, and just the tiniest bit of spice enough to make you wonder if you can detect a hint of spice. Most importantly, let’s make it good! and also, let’s top it off with a bunch of goodies!
I always have sweet potatoes on hand, always. I just love’m, but Eric does not share in my love of sweet potatoes. While I always have them on hand, I tend to forget to make them because he doesn’t really want them, ever. Often times, I run into the problem that they need to be used up stat. I’m not sure if I’ll ever have that problem again because her even absolutely loved this soup. I originally told him it was a russet potato, cauliflower, and carrot concoction so that he would at least try it without a biased opinion since he despises sweet potatoes (haha!), but I couldn’t fool him for long. I think the big ol grin gave me away as I creepily and closely watched him take bite after bite to see what he thought.
Results are in: he had two bowls, plus ate it for leftovers multiple times and even said, I think it’s good. In my opinion, if Eric likes it despite hating sweet potatoes… it’s PERFECT. My mom and her husband were over and they absolutely loved it too! In fact, she’s been bugging me for a couple months to get it on the site so she can make it herself. Yes, even my mama has to wait for recipes sometimes.
In my opinion, recipes that come with instructions to load extra items on top are the best. More specifically salty, crunchy, and/or fresh goodies that compliment the item beneath it perfectly are perfect. While this Loaded Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup really does do the job by itself in the flavor department. I love when a bowl of soup is full of colors and textures. It totally brings the dish together and makes the people who “hate soup as a meal” think twice when this kinda thing is is placed in front of them.
This recipe is short and sweet so let’s get to it!
PS I lost some photos somewhere along the way in the “process photo” department. I know some of your appreciate that so much, and I will update this with those photos next time I make it, but just know that you’re not missin’ much with those photos cause there are so few steps here!
How to make Loaded Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup:
Put all of these items into the slow cooker:
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
- 2 lbs cauliflower (roughly chopped)
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons better than bouillon (vegetable, beef, or chicken works just fine)
- 1 large onion (roughly chopped)
- one tablespoon minced garlic (or about 4-5 cloves minced/pressed)
- 1 chipotle pepper (from a can- usually found in the Latin American food section in the grocery store)
- 3 tablespoons adobo (you get the adobo from the same can you get the chipotle pepper- its a smokey magical sauce and it’s a must have)
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
You’ll also need whipped cream cheese and half and half, but do not add these until after it’s cooked and you’ve blended the soup!
Set the slow cooker to high, place the lid on top, and cook for 4-5 hours. When the veggies are tender turn off the slow cooker, add half and half, and blend using an immersion blender until the soup is silky smooth. You can also use a blender, but be sure to only blend small amounts at a time. I feel safe to blend about half the capacity of the blender.
Gather a bunch of toppings! Here I’ve got sour cream, crumbled bacon, pepitas, freshly shredded cheese, crispy French fried onions, and diced green onions. A small spoonful of each of these are literally what my foodie dreams are made of. Feel free to incorporate as many (or as few) of these as you want. The soup itself is very nutrient rich while being low in WW points and calories. So, plenty of room to add a few toppings to make it a fully loaded perfect bowl of soup.
Seriously incredible. It’s kind of like the extra grown-up version of loaded baked potato soup and I’m here for it.
This Loaded Sweet Potato Cauliflower soup is just so yummy. and cozy. and nutritious. and so PRETTY. It really checks all the boxes for me. I think you should grab yourself a big bowl, a handful of toppings, and a big ol’ spoon real soon too.
Loaded Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
- 2 lbs cauliflower roughly chopped
- 1 large onion roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp minced garlic (4-6 cloves minced)
- 1 chipotle pepper (from can)
- 3 tbsp adobo (from can of chipotle peppers)
- 2 tbsp better than bouillon (vegetable, beef, or chicken) *
- 4 cups water
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 4 ounces whipped cream cheese (do not add until the cook as cooked fully)
- 1/2 cup half and half (do not add until the soup has cooked fully)
- salt and pepper to taste
Make it LOADED (optional, but recommended):
- crumbled bacon
- diced green onions
- shredded cheese
- crispy French fried onions (these taste best if you heat them a bit in a skillet)
- sour cream
- In a slow cooker add cauliflower, sweet potato, better than bouillon, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, water, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and spices. DO NOT ADD HALF AND HALF AND CREAM CHEESE YET!Set slow cooker for high for about 4-5 hours or on low for about 7-8 hours (or until the vegetables are tender). (sorry for caps, but if you put it in in the beginning it's probably ruined. Milk products just don't do well in slow cookers for longer than about an hour or two in my experience)
- When the potatoes are tender turn of the slow cooker and add half and half and cream cheese. Blend using an immersion blender until silky smooth. You can also use a blender, but please remember to blend in small batches or you'll hate me for life.
- Add the toppings!! You can use as many or as little as you'd like! Or, you don't even have to add any. The soup is actually perfect all by itself, but I'm a big fan of texture and colors when I'm eating so I love the additional toppings.
182 calories, 3.8g fat. 2g saturated fat, 635g sodium, 33g carbohydrates (27g net carbs), 6g fiber, 9.5g sugar (0g added sugar, 0g sugar alcohol), 6g protein WeightWatchers Points: 5 Points
I cannot stress enough how blown away I am by the flavor of this soup. It’s sweet, spicy & smoky. I absolutely love it! It was incredibly easy to make and I’ll have no issue eating leftovers. I even froze a few for later. Highly recommended this recipe.
What would you use to make this dairy free? Thanks !
Hi Jeri! You could try using some dairy free cream cheese (kite hill almond cream cheese is good!) and I’m a big fan of nut pods creamer. They have a plain unsweetened coconut/almond creamer that might work well for dairy free. You could also just try it without adding the dairy and see if you enjoy it that way! I think it’s pretty darn good without the extra.
So Excited to try this, I assume I could sub almond milk for the half & half or do you think that wouldn’t work?
Just made this for delicious soup tonight. Followed the recipe exactly. You don’t need to load it up but if you do, it’s over the top awesome. My family loved it! Best compliment was it tasted as good as a soup from a 5 star restaurant!!!
What a nice comment!! thank you so much, Julie!!
Wonderful recipe! Great flavors.
I made this yesterday when I had my two kids over for dinner and it was so good! The three of us used either bacon, green onions and sour cream to top it off with. They also added some jalapeños. Both went home with the recipe! Thank you for sharing this!
Could I use fat free half and half and laughing cow cream cheese?
I made this soup last week and it was da bomb! I took it to work for lunch all week. The addition of the cream cheese and half and half makes it velvety smooth. I loved it!!
Hi! I’m a longtime reader and fan of your recipes & writing. Just wanted to chime in that we LOVED this soup for lunch all week. It was creamy, warming, and scrumptious! Also, I didn’t buy enough cauliflower so I made up the difference with chopped carrots, which worked well.
Thank you for sharing your talents with us!
I am so happy you enjoyed Sarah! Thank you so much!
Star, I love all of your recipes and I can’t wait to make this one! Can we make this in the instant pot?
Prep was quick and easy, and I like that it’s completely customizable with toppings. Delicious!
I have made two batches in the last 3 days. So good!
wow that’s so awesome! so happy you enjoy, Lori!
Amazing! This soup is so flavorful and delicious, you do not need to load it up at all!!!! Was interested to hear how it freezes, but I will not have to worry at all! Even my husband, who is not fond of “heat”, loved it!!This will be another one on the rotation!!!! Thank you!
Love the soup- But your pictures look like they have yams in the soup and not sweet potatoes?
This soup is seriously amazing! It’s pretty spicy but the flavor is to die for! I have never made a recipe from your blog that I haven’t absolutely loved. Thanks so much!
This was amazing! It has such a good flavor, and I’m always looking for ways to get more vegetables in. We used the union straws, bacon bits, and cheddar cheese. Will be making again soon!
Great choice in toppings! So happy you enjoyed, and agree so am I!
I never comment but I use your recipes all the time. (Like Greek chicken bowls for lunch, pollo loco for dinner last night and skillet pickle chicken coming up). We had a cold snap this week and I saw this recipe and it was so intriguing. I bought the ingredients and ended up at home today so I had a chance to get this in the slow cooker. It just finished and OH. MY. WORD. Thank you for the work you do and for keeping it interesting around here. This recipe is unique and unlike anything I have ever had but it is delicious and I cannot wait to eat dinner!! My husband is okay with any new recipe I try as long as I tell him it is one of yours.
This comment is full of so many compliments! You’re so kind, thank you. And Thank you to your husband for trusting my recipes too! hope you all have the best weekend!
I simply couldn’t wait for the crock pot! I made a 1/2 batch of this AMAZING soup in my Instapot for lunch, yesterday. It was not only delicious but made such a pretty presentation! The addition of toppings felt like I was splurging and yet it only added a couple additional points. I gave it all 5 Stars, Star, but it truly deserves 10!
You’re so sweet, Jackie!! Thanks so much for stopping back by so quickly and rating it. Happy to hear it worked out well in the Instant pot too!
I made some today and it’s soooo yummy! Thank you!
Yay!! so happy you enjoyed!
Okay, I have never commented on any recipe..like ever. But I must say, your recipes are INCREDIBLE!! I am literally mid-bowl and I just had to put my spoon down (which is no small feat) to write this. This soup is phenomenal. Sweet, creamy, smoky, a little spicy – it is unlike any soup I’ve ever had in the best way possible. So freaking good. **Side note, your recipes are on repeat almost every night in my house. I have lost 36 lbs in about 4 months on ww – in huge part to your blog. I’ve never tried one I didn’t like. So a HUGE thank you and virtual hug to you, Star!
You just made my day with such a kind comment. Jennifer! Thank you so much! When I first made this soup and served it everyone in my family was like um…. okay I guess I’ll try it? and now they are making it on the regular themselves! haha It’s so unique and I love it too! Happy you enjoy it and congratulations on your weight loss too!
Because of the cream cheese and cream I assume this soup cannot be frozen?
Hi Billie! I have some in my freezer currently and I’m taking it out soon to see how it tastes. I’ll update the blog when I know if it did well in the freezer and reheats nicely. Once and awhile even things with cream cheese/milk can reheat well. Sorry I don’t have a good answer right away for ya!