This rich and creamy Sweet Potato Coconut Soup is full of vegetables, nutrients, and delicious flavor! It makes a big-batch and is a fast, easy, and a family-friendly recipe that you can make in your Instant Pot or your Electric Pressure Cooker!
A number of years ago when I lived in hustle and bustle of the city, I enjoyed an amazing bowl of Sweet Potato Coconut Soup at a little restaurant in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district, and I've been trying to recreate it ever since. I've tried different variations of Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup over the last number of years, but always felt a little let down by the fact I hadn't found the magical combination of flavours I enjoyed years ago.
Fast forward to today, where I have the technology of the Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) to help cook a soup hands-free in a matter of minutes, and I'm more inclined to experiment with soup making in general, as well as using root vegetables that would normally involve longer cooking times. And I'm happy to say that I've now perfected my version of Sweet Potato Coconut Soup. And you can make this soup almost hands-free so you too can chase a toddler while it's cooking! I should add, this soup is also equally as delicious if you simmer it on the good old stove-top (lid closed), but that you will need to monitor it a bit more closely to ensure nothing boils over, and it may take a bit longer to cook.
This soup is a perfect example of a big-batch, freezer-friendly meal. If you're not already familiar with my freezer meal tips and obsession, you can catch my tips on How To Make Your Own Freezer Meals in a previous post on the bog. And in the meantime, enjoy cooking once, and eating twice with this soup!
Sweet Potato Coconut Soup is so easy and absolutely delicious, that it's no wonder it's quickly become a new family favorite. It’s a major comfort food that's wonderfully creamy without any dairy in the ingredient list! It's also one of those soups that you will take a taste of, and in the words of my toddler, you'll say....“Yuuummmmy!”
Sweet Potato Coconut Soup in the Instant Pot
Yield: 9 cups
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes (10 minutes high pressure, 10 minutes natural release)
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp of finely grated or minced fresh ginger root
- 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed (1/2 inch cubes)
- 1/2 cup of red lentils, well rinsed
- 1 1/4 tsp of ground cumin
- 3/4 tsp of ground coriander
- 4 cups of chicken (or vegetable) broth, low sodium
- 1 can (403 mL) of canned coconut milk (either light coconut milk or regular coconut milk for a creamier texture)
Heat the Instant Pot on sauté setting. Add the canola oil and heat for 1 minute or until shimmering.
Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Turn off the sauté function.
Add the sweet potatoes, the rinsed red lentils, cumin, coriander, and chicken broth to the Instant Pot and stir to combine.
Lock the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the vent valve is closed. Using the Manual Pressure setting, cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, followed by a 10 minute natural pressure release.
Once the natural pressure release is done, carefully use mitts or a kitchen towel to cover the steam valve, open the valve and quick release the remaining pressure.
Blend the soup to desired consistency. I prefer the silky smooth texture I get from my Ninja Professional, so I take the extra step to transfer it to the blender, puree until smooth and then place back into the Instant Pot. You can also use an immersion blender directly into the pot to puree the soup.
Stir in the coconut milk and cook on the sauté setting, continuously stirring, for 1-2 minutes until slightly thickened.
Serve immediately and garnish with your choice of toppings.
This soup will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container.
Kids in the Kitchen:
Beware of hot oil around kids who are helping you cook in the kitchen. Older kids who have refined their knife safety skills can help to chop the onions, garlic, ginger and sweet potatoes. Kids can also become engaged by measuring and placing the lentils and seasonings in the Instant Pot, as well as pouring the broth in as well. Kids can also assist by pushing the blender buttons to puree the soup.