Easy Sweet Potato and Bean Soup

Since the weather forecast calls for 4-8 inches of snow tonight, I thought it was time for a soup I’ve been enjoying this winter  It started out as a chicken and sweet potato soup, and turned into a Sweet Potato and Bean version which I like the best.  It’s easy to put together and is ready in an hour.


  • 1 Tblsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 cups homemade or canned chicken broth
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • A few grindings of black pepper
  • 14 oz. can of cannellini beans (or Great Northern), drained and rinsed

In a large pot, heat oil over medium low heat and add onions and red pepper. Cook, stirring often, about 5-6 minutes, until softened. Add garlic. Cook 2-3 more minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add broth, sweet potato cubes, tomatoes, cayenne and basil. Stir well, bring to a low boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for about 40-45 minutes, until the potatoes are tender but not soft.

Add salt and pepper to taste (depending on what kind of broth is used) and beans.  Simmer 10-15 minutes until piping hot.

Makes 4 servings.


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

14 thoughts on “Easy Sweet Potato and Bean Soup”

  1. It occurs to me that sweet potatoes are something I’ve never thought of in conjunction with soup, and I have no idea why. This sounds good and looks wonderful!

  2. Sounds delicious, a good winter soup. I bet that you are all needing plenty of very warming, comforting food with all that cold weather you’re having. I can’t even begin to imagine how you go about your normal day in all that snow!

  3. Made your recipe today except I substitued & prepared great Northern beans and then used the chicken hindquarters in the soup which I’d cooked to make the broth. I’ve enjoyed two hearty bowls and will deliver the pot to friends tomorrow. Plan on making the peanut butter cake for book group next week. How’s the new baby settling in? Snow pack is so hard here Molly is now able to just walk on top and not punch through. With rain coming the end of the week I’ll soon be entering the “Season of Mud” UGH!

    1. Your version sounds great – the chicken had to add a tremendous amount of flavor. I made a double batch of my soup yesterday and am taking a big container to my daughter who is recovering from a dislocated shoulder.

      Our beagle Addie is the best behaved dog I’ve ever owned. Maybe the fact that I raised my other dogs from pups accounts for part of that (Addie was trained better?) or maybe it’s just her sweet personality. I can just imagine Molly walking around on the snow – I can also relate to the mud which will probably be here in southwest Ohio by this weekend.

      Nice to hear from you. Lillian

  4. this soup recipe looks delish, I will definitely try it. I am searching today for recipes for shepherds pie, any suggestions?

    1. I’ve made shepherd’s pie but have never found a recipe that I love. If you find a good one, I hope you’ll let me know. Lillian

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