Sweet Potato Bean Soup Recipe

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“I felt like making some black bean soup, but I had a sweet potato that needed to be used, so I combined the two and created this delicious soup!” explains Michelle Sweeny of Bloomington, Indiana. This fast soup combines the creaminess of sweet potato with the crunch of corn and bell pepper.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 224 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 901mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. Place sweet potato in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 13-18 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Cool slightly. Place sweet potato and reserved liquid in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan coated with cooking spray, cook the green pepper, onion and garlic until almost tender. Stir in cilantro and cumin; cook and stir until vegetables are tender. Add the beans, corn, water, tomato sauce, salt, pepper and reserved sweet potato puree; heat through. Garnish with green onions and tomato. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Sweet Potato Bean Soup in Light & Tasty December/January 2007, p58

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daisyshae99 User ID: 1005356 120139
Reviewed May. 16, 2010

"I made this soup tonight for a light dinner for my husband and I. I only made a couple of changes- replacing the water with chicken broth and topping with reduced fat sour cream. We really enjoyed the soup like this. I think when I make it next time, I will add a chopped jalapeno as well as we like spice. I especially enjoyed the fact that this soup went together very quickly, allowing me to serve a healthy meal after a long, busy weekend."

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