Smoky Sweet Potato Butternut Soup (Vegan!)

Shows single bowl of sweet potato soup topped with swirl of cream, pepitas and sprinkle of smoked paprika

This light-bodied, but thick soup is both tasty and satisfying! Seasoned with smoked paprika, soy sauce and a bit of liquid smoke, it provides a new spin on the Sweet Potato-Butternut Soup! If you’d like a creamier soup, feel free to substitute your favorite milk or cream for a cup or two of the stock!

Easy stovetop prep!

  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30-50 min
  • Total Time: 45-65 mins
  • Yield: 11 cups soup, 9 servings 1x
  • Category: Soups, Vegan
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Global


  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) Olive Oil
  • 11.5-2lb (700-900g) Medium-Large Butternut Squash 
  • 2 large (1.5 lb, 700g) Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Medium shallot, chopped
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 1 c (150g) chopped Celery
  • 2 small (75-100g) Carrots, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 tsp Salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dry Sage
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) Cider Vinegar or Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • 7 c (1650ml) Unsalted Vegetable Stock (or water)
  • (optional) 1-2 c (240-480 ml) favorite half&half or creamer to substitute for part of the stock


  1. Peel the sweet potatoes and chop into 2″ chunks. Then, carefully peel, halve, and seed the squash. Cut into 2″ chunks. Set aside.
  2. In 5-6 qt stockpot or saucepan, over medium heat, heat the Olive Oil. Once hot, add the chopped shallot, onion, celery and carrots. Stir occasionally, and cook until onions and shallots are translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Once vegetables are cooked, add the salt, pepper, paprika, sage, and cumin. Stir until nicely mixed. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, liquid smoke, and stock.
  4. Add the cubed sweet potato and squash. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to high simmer. Cook until the cubes are fork tender, meaning soft all the way through, feeling like they will break apart when you push the fork in. This should take between 20-40 minutes, depending on your heat level, and size of the cubes. So check regularly.
  5. Using an immersion blender, blend until soup is completely silky smooth. (Alternatively, place small batches (2-3 cups in a large blender at a time, making sure the lid is tight, and blend until smooth) Taste and adjust any seasoning, adding extra smoked paprika, salt, pepper, as you like. Add a cup or two of milk or cream if you like. Blend again to combine. Serve.


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