Sweet Potato and Bean Soup

    1 hour 5 min

    Orange-fleshed sweet potato and flavoursome leeks make a hearty and creamy base for butter beans. Serve with crusty bread rolls for a brisk winter warmer. Delicious!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 25g butter
    • 2 leeks, sliced
    • 400g sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    • 900ml vegetable stock, made with stock cubes
    • 4 tbsp crème fraîche
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
    • 200g can butter beans, drained and rinsed
    • juice of 1/2 lemon

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Melt the butter in a large pan, add the leeks and sweet potatoes, then cook over a low heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften. Add the cumin and cook for 2 more minutes.
    2. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and cook gently for 12 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. While the soup is simmering, mix together the crème fraîche and chopped coriander for the garnish. Set aside.
    3. Add the butter beans to the soup. Ladle into a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Return to the pan. Bring back to the boil and simmer gently until piping hot. Season and add the lemon juice.
    4. Ladle the soup into four bowls and swirl a large spoonful of coriander cream on top of each. Serve immediately.


    Omit the beans. After puréeing the soup, stir in a drained 170g can white crabmeat and 2 tbsp dry sherry. * Use 200g ordinary potatoes with 200g sweet potatoes.

    …get ahead

    The basic soup can be made in advance to the end of step 3, then cooled and stored in the fridge for up to two days. To use, gently reheat and complete the recipe.

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    Lovely soup. Followed every thing in the recipe. My daughter hates butter beans but loved this soup .......I haven't told her that they are in it 😉. I make it regularly in our house .  -  03 Sep 2017


    Yummy! Instead of the cumin (my 4yo son and I dont like spicy) I added a tablespoon of no added sugar smooth peanut butter and it was delicious! My sons wolfing it down as we speak Thanks!  -  15 Jan 2017


    Very tasty, I used single cream instead creme fraice and parsley on the top.  -  11 Jun 2016